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Intel releases OEM firmware updates for 6th, 7th, 8th gen chips to help patch Meltdown and Spectre

Yesterday, Intel announced a new round of microcode updates for devices running the 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Intel Core chips. Though the updates are once again meant to protect against Spectre and Meltdown, they are now rolling out through PC OEMs instead of Windows Update (via Neowin.)

Since these updates are available through PC OEMs, consumers will need to use the pre-installed utilities (such as Lenovo Vantage) that came with their PC to download. Businesses and data centers with devices running the latest Intel Core X-series processor and Intel Xeon Scalable or Intel Xeon D Processors should also be seeing this update.

Intel is also still urging people to keep their systems up to date and to check out this schedule to see when updates will become available for a specific processor. Navin Shenoy, the Executive vice president of Intel, noted the company will be sharing more soon and also expressed “sincere appreciation” for Intel customers and partners who are supporting the company.

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Is your PC fully patched up against Spectre and Meltdown?