Windows 10 KB4073290 fixes AMD bootup issues but install may fail for some

Madalina Dinita
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KB4073290

The recent Windows 10 updates aimed at fixing the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities also brought some issues of their own, as many users reported.

Some of the most severe bugs triggered boot up problems especially on AMD computers. The good news is that Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 KB4073290 to fix this particular issue.

As a quick reminder, this patch comes two days after the company released a similar update to Windows 7, 8.1 computers.

Windows 10 KB4073290 changelog

As we stated at the beginning of this article, this update brings only one fix. Here is Microsoft’s official update description:

An update is available to fix the following issue that occurs after you install January 3, 2018—KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192): AMD devices fall into an unbootable state.

You can download and install the patch from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. It doesn’t replace a previously released update. Don’t forget to restart your computer after applying the patch.

KB4073290 issues

Microsoft is not aware of any issues that may affect the update, so your shouldn’t encounter any problems during install and afterwards.

However, a few users reported that sometimes the install process fails. The install suddenly stops and no error message or alert appears on the screen.

Today, I noticed KB4073290 has been released to patch the unbootable state. I tried to manually download and install KB4073290, but the system goes through a process then just tells me the update was not installed with no error message or reason why not.

The good news is that such issues occur extremely rarely and most users should be able to install the latest update without any problem.

Have you already installed KB4073290? How did the install phase go for you? Did you encounter any issues after installing the update?

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