Windows 10 is getting refreshed Intel microcode and compatibility update

Windows Updates for Windows 10

On the security front, Microsoft has started rolling out a new
batch of microcode updates for Windows 10 which mitigate
against the new vulnerability in the processors.

Microsoft says the Intel microcode updates will download and
install automatically via Windows Update when necessary and if
your device is supported.

Microsoft first released Intel’s microcode updates to Windows
10 users back in March 2018, to improve the security for those
using Intel hardware. The microcode updates also offered fixes
for devices that should have received CPU patches from hardware
manufacturers.

If you use Windows 10 version 2004, you’ll be getting
KB4558130. Likewise, for those still using version 1909 or
1903, they’ll be getting KB4497165 instead.

Here’s the complete list of the microcode updates for all
versions of Windows 10.

  • KB4494174 for version 1809.
  • KB4494451 for version 1803.
  • KB4494452 for version 1709.
  • KB4494453 for version 1703.
  • KB4494175 for version 1607.
  • KB4494454 for other versions of Windows 10.

Obviously, it’s good to see these sort of updates pushed
forward by Microsoft whenever a new threat pops up. While the
security updates are important, Intel’s microcode updates have
caused stability issues with some older processors in past,
including an issue that was plaguing users with Windows reboot
issues.

You should install these updates only when they’re offered via
Windows Update. A forced manual installation is not recommended
even if you think your device is compatible.

Compatibility update for Windows 10 version 2004

Microsoft has also started rolling out another “compatibility
update” for Windows 10 May 2020 Update or older. The exact
purpose of this update isn’t very clear, but Microsoft states
that it would make improvements to ease the upgrade experience.

Presumably, this update will prepare for your device for both
May 2020 Update and future releases, such as
version 20H2.

The update is listed as KB4577588 on Windows Update and is
rolling out to some devices right now. This patch is downloaded
and installed automatically when Microsoft believes your device
is ready.

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