How to update the CPU's microcode

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  1. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    How to update the CPU's microcode


    Good Morning All,

    I came from Linux to Windows 10. After 14 years, got tired of the Linux desktop mess. The experience has been good. I've been on W10 since the beginning of the year. Under Linux, CPU microcode updates were easy to deploy. My MB MFG (MSI) tells me short of a BIOS update, there is no way to update the microcode of my CPU (Core i7-6900). I find this hard to accept. MSI has a well established habit of not updating BIOS. In July, Intel released microcode updates that includes my CPU. How do I deploy them and keep my CPU updated at each boot under Windows 10?

    I am using W10x64 Pro.

    Thanks!

    Sincerely and respectfully,

    Dave
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  2. spunk's Avatar
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  3. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    Thank you for the reply,
    I haven't tried it because I'm not interested in overclocking. I just want to update the microcode. Are you stating that this tool has the ability to update the microcode? I followed your link and this tool selects the fastest core. There is nothing in the link that suggests anything about updating the microcode.

    Is there something about this tool that does that that is undocumented...or?

    Thanks!

    Dave
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  5. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    Thank you for the post. I already ran across this utility, and am having some issues with it. It will not install nor recognize my microcode.dat file, even though I downloaded it and it's un tgz's and untar'd.

    I'll fiddle with it some more.

    Thank you for the reply,

    regards,
    Dave
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  6. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    The issue is that I have an Intel system, and the utility is asking for AMD microcode. I followed another post and this utility requires both microcodes to be available - but will only install the correct one <obviously>.

    I'll try doing this and report back...

    Dave
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  7. Plankton's Avatar
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    I was just getting ready to post that.....and it's all for Linux as well. I see nothing in there for windows.
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  8. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    I downloaded the AMD microcode from an archive site, as the link provided is dead. The install.bat worked as Administrator, and I am now running on the latest Intel Microcode.

    This utility takes microcode from both Intel and Amd as they are packaged for Linux, and then uses them to update the microcode in a Windows environment.

    I can confirm it works.

    Thanks to all!

    Dave
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  9. dcbdbis's Avatar
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    For the record SiSoft Sandra reports:

    Before Using VMWare's tool: Microcode version = MU064F011D

    After Using VMWare's tool: Microcode Version = MU064F0121

    Confirmed to work normally. And you do not need to reboot for the microcode to be applied. I can confirm that on a reboot the microcode is automatically applied and remains at the updated rev.

    Thank you to all who assisted with replies,

    Dave
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  10. DeaconFrost's Avatar
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    I have to be honest, I've never heard of doing this in the 20 years I've worked in the IT industry. What would be the reason/purpose for doing so?
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