How to update the CPU's microcode Solved

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  1.    26 Sep 2017 #21

    dcbdbis said: View Post
    Does MS do some sort of regression testing on the microcode before it's pushed out in a Windows Update - and then cherry pick the microcode version that they feel is best? Or something else?
    Ive no idea actually. I do know microcode is (1) pushed faster to Linux and (2) don't require anything as they can be run at boot time.

    These same changes are pushed somewhat later to Windows OS (there was some dull malware a month or two ago) but what testing they do I've no idea. Presumably it is confidential.

    You can't get in a muddle with Microcode though - Linux kernel abstracts it and so does Windows. AFAIK anyway.
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  2.    27 Sep 2017 #22

    I perused and searched through MS's knowledge-base. Not finding my answer, I contacted Microsoft directly.

    Unless there is a severe problem causing Windows stability issues - traced to errant CPU microcode, MS does not issue microcode updates as part of the normal Windows Update process. So in a Windows environment there are only two options for Microcode updates:

    1) Updated BIOS from the MB mfg.
    2) Using the VMWare tool as outlined and suggested near the beginning of this thread.

    Outside of these two solutions - there is no native Windows mechanism of updating the CPU's microcode.

    FYI folks,

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  3.    27 Sep 2017 #23


    1) Updated BIOS from the MB mfg.
    The estimated life cycle of which is 5 years at best. Beyond they just do no not care. Which is why 2) is a godsend to some of us.

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