Intel Updates Its Modern Drivers to Support More Games

In late November, Intel finally released hardware drivers to support Windows 10 1809’s new Modern Driver feature. Prior to this release, those attempting to install Windows 10 1809 would suffer from bugs and glitches, particularly for games. Microsoft had to place an upgrade block on Windows 10 1809 due to the problem. The November release helped solve customer problems and help put Windows 10 1809 back into play. Now, Intel has updated those drivers. There are further bugs fixes in the new drivers, but the company is highlighting the release as something that supports more games. The release works for Windows 10 1709, 1803, and 1809. The download is available from here: Intel Graphics – Windows 10 DCH Drivers

Intel Releases Drivers to Finally Solve Windows 10 1809 Problems

Intel audio and video drivers have been the crux of many complaints since Microsoft delivered Windows 10 1809. The problems have been such that Microsoft has had to block Windows 10 1809 from certain computers with older and incompatible Intel drivers. But, to find out…Microsoft has changed its driver requirements for Windows 10 1809 and Intel has been working to do a massive update to how its drivers are developed and consumed. The first step in this process is now complete and Intel has delivered new drivers based on Microsoft’s UWP requirements. See: Introduction of Windows Modern Drivers for Intel Products The link provides Intel’s explanation and provides a link to download a utility that will scan a system and install the appropriate drivers. A direct driver downloa...

Intel Supplies Audio Driver Update to Solve Windows 10 1809 Upgrade Problems

We noted recently that due to an audio driver problem with Intel hardware, Microsoft had begun blocking Windows 10 1809 updates for some users, and had gone as far as to suggest they not try to upgrade until the issue could be resolved. Intel has an audio driver upgrade now available that is compatible with the Windows 10 1809 upgrade. Download: Intel Graphics Driver for Windows 10 Microsoft has now also deployed an audio driver update through Windows Update to hopefully resolve this issue for anyone wanting to perform the upgrade. The new version Microsoft is deploying is The affected versions are anything between and Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas ...

Windows 10 Versions Get Intel Microcode Updates Today

Microsoft today has released new updates to resolve newly discovered security issues with Intel processors. Here’s what’s available now: Windows 10 Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, version 1607 Windows 10 version 1703 Windows 10 version 1709 and Windows Server 2016 Version 1709 Windows 10 version 1803 and Windows Server version 1803 These are preliminary fixes as Intel is still determining additional measures which Microsoft will supply when available.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Reports on Surface Devices Vulnerable to Newly Reported Intel Flaws

Intel continues to take the hit, but the company is working hard to not have to recall a mass number of devices with its processor inside. Newly reported variants of of the Spectre flaw are working their way through the news affecting all Intel-based systems, but Microsoft is already warning  Surface users that a firmware update is coming to address the flaws. Intel flaws: CVE-2018-3639 CVE-2018-3640 Microsoft’s guidance: Surface Guidance to protect against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Intel Releases Its Latest Microcode Revision Update Guidance Showing All Meltdown/Spectre Patches

Dated March 6, 2018, Intel has just released its latest guidance for customers needing to patch its huge array of computer processors. The doc is split out into tables to provide quick reference for the status of patching compliance for each processor. Download the Microcode Revision Guidance document here: Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Intel Prepping a New Firmware but Do You Trust Them?

On Tuesday, Intel took to its press room to give a short update on the status of a new Spectre/Meltdown patch for its processors. Just a couple weeks ago, the company asked its OEM partners to halt delivery of its first firmware patch that caused PCs to randomly reboot and bluescreen. Intel seems to consider that this latest update will both solve the security problems and eliminate additional issues. But, do you trust it? If you look at other companies, like Microsoft for example, its difficult to patch everything without introducing new problems. Microsoft has a rolling list of issues it introduces each month while attempting to plug security holes and feature bugs. As other companies know and Intel is just learning: Patching is hard. In Intel’s Tuesday update, the company seems to...

Microsoft Moves to Disable Spectre Mitigation for Windows While the World Waits on New Intel Fix

Intel, it seems, is in new waters over this latest security flaw. Never before has the company faced such a task to secure a flaw that exists in all known processors, and it shows. The company’s first round of fixes cause computers to bluescreen and reboot intermittently. The first fix caused so much problem that the processor company began telling customers and OEMs to stop installing it and wait for one that works better. Microsoft is no noobie when it comes to delivering patches with an unexpected payload. The company regularly delivers Windows and Office patches that have to be followed-up with fixes to the fixes. The company has its own track-record with customers and its not good. But, Microsoft is now attempting to help protect against Intel’s first fix by providing a wa...

Intel Makes Weekend Breakthrough on Reboots Due to Bugs in Processor Updates

Over the weekend, Intel began successfully testing updates to repair the reboots to newer processors caused by the delivery of firmware to protect against the Meltdown/Spectre problems. According to the blog post today… We have now identified the root cause for Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and made good progress in developing a solution to address it. Over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release available once that testing has been completed. Of course, this means that one more update will be required to install. Intel is also telling OEMs to stop delivering the current set of updates and wait for the new patch to be ready to distribute. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense techni...

Problems Exist in More Recent Intel Processors, Too

According to statements from Intel this week, computers using newer versions of Intel processors could still be affected by the Meltdown and Spectre security issues. Not that they are still vulnerable to the security holes, but that the patches are causing more frequent and unintended reboots. …while the firmware updates are effective at mitigating exposure to the security issues, customers have reported more frequent reboots on firmware updated systems. As part of this, we have determined that similar behavior occurs on other products in some configurations, including Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skylake-, and Kaby Lake-based platforms. We have reproduced these issues internally and are making progress toward identifying the root cause. In parallel, we will be providing beta microcod...

Intel Hit with Another Severe and Easy to Exploit Security Problem

The year isn’t going too well for Intel. First, the company has been hit with reported vulnerabilities that affect every known device running its processors. The fix for this slows down computers, smartphones, and other devices. Now, another severe vulnerability has been discovered and reported in the company’s Active Management Technology (AMT )software that is built into device firmware. Read the full report: A Security Issue in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) According to the report from security firm, F-Secure, The issue allows a local intruder to backdoor almost any corporate laptop in a matter of seconds, even if the BIOS password, TPM Pin, Bitlocker and login credentials are in place. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Develo...

Intel May Issue a Second Processor Patch Due to a Bug in the First One

According to reports – and then a subsequent post from Intel which it say is part of its new transparency strategy – there are a high number of customers with Broadwell and Haswell CPUs that are experiencing random reboots for both PCs and servers. We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates. Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center. We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue. If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels.  We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue. Full announcement: Intel Security Is...

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