Freeze after meltdown/spectre patch ?

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  1. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Freeze after meltdown/spectre patch ?


    So after arriving home from holidays I noticed windows was installing the latest patches including the one for the recently discovered vulnerabilities.

    After 1-3 days problems started to appear, my computer would randomly freeze, first I wouldnt be able to click anything, then the cursor would stop and finally the audio would stop, always in this particular order.

    Already happened like 4 times and I cant find anything about this anywhere in event viewer.

    Im running on an i5 2500k processor, is it possible that im affected by the reported freezes regarding the vulnerabilities patch ?

    Cheers
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  2. Posts : 39,955
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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  3. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I am not worried/bothered by any performance loss, I just want to get rid of these random freezes that hinder my work.

    I disabled INTEL C-STATE in bios + uninstalled the security patch, wish me luck
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  4. Posts : 39,955
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #4

    There are lots of things that can cause hangs and freezes.
    Click control + alt + del simultaneously to open task manager and view the percentages for CPU, RAM, DISK

    Place the computer in clean boot to see if there is improvement:
    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts Performance Maintenance Tutorials
    If there is then look for problem software
    If there is no improvement then move to safe mode (with networking or with command prompt):
    Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    There is a tool that can continuously record events that can be used in challenging cases: Windows performance recorder: WPR
    The challenge will be to find someone in a timely manner that can interpret the results:
    Windows performance recorder - Microsoft Community
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  5. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks a lot!

    Will return with feedback
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  6. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Well, today is 17th and I've using this PC daily without a single freeze/issue ever since I uninstalled that fantastic meltdown patch.

    It is safe to say/confirm that, that was the culprit considering that after the patch was installed I'd get like AT LEAST 1 freeze a day
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  7. Posts : 39,955
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #7

    Great.
    What steps did you make to prevent it from automatically re-installing during the next update?
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  8. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    zbook said:
    Great.
    What steps did you make to prevent it from automatically re-installing during the next update?
    All I did was pause updates, from what I can see its paused until feb 17th
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    I've always used the registry-based "metered" setting to disable updates.
    There are other ways, but this one is simple and reliable.

    The key is
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost

    The items are
    Default
    Ethernet
    WiFi


    For any of these items ...
    A setting of "2" means metered. Updates will not happen.
    A setting of "1" means not metered. Updates will proceed normally.

    Set all three to a value of "2" to prevent updates.
    Last edited by margrave55; 20 Jan 2018 at 05:34.
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  10. Posts : 725
    Windows 10 64-bits
       #10

    margrave55 said:
    I've always used the registry-based "metered" setting to disable updates.
    There are other ways, but this one is simple and reliable.

    The key is
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost

    The items are
    Default
    Ethernet
    WiFi


    For an of these items ...
    A setting of "2" means metered. Updates will not happen.
    A setting of "1" means not metered. Updates will proceed normally.

    Set all three to a value of "2" to prevent updates.
    Yes, it will stop Windows update, but...

    Connecting a new flash drive may not be accessible, the system is unable to load drivers, if required. Even, if the system can mount the flash drive, it'll still complain about the metered connection.

    The other aspect is Outlook 2016, that also complains about metered connections. So far, that's the two that I had noticed...
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