Uninstall KB4056892 on Windows 10 – Intel Meltdown, Spectre Bug Patch

Uninstall KB4056892 on Windows 10 – Intel Meltdown, Spectre Bug Patch

Microsoft and many other major vendors have released rushed updates to address the highly publicized Intel processor security vulnerability “Meltdown”. This update is expected to slow down your Intel processor by 15-30% and render most AntiVirus unusable. Windows 10 will give you no choice but to install this update but you can manually uninstall it.

Updated 01/29/2018: Microsoft released KB4078130, that specifically disables Spectre variant 2 mitigations. Intel says this should resolve random reboots and blue screens on Intel-based Broadwell and Haswell processors. The patch will not be delivered via automatic windows update and must be installed manually. Download here

Steps to uninstall KB4056892 in Windows 10

  1. Click Start and type “cmd”
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator
  3. Type “wusa /uninstall /kb:4056892” and press enter
  4. Answer Yes to uninstall & restart when prompted
Run “wusa /uninstall /kb:4056892” from an elevated command prompt – Click to Enlarge

This command can be used to uninstall any unwanted Windows 10 updates but it’s likely the update will be reinstalled again in the near future unless you pause automatic updates.

If you are not running the latest 1709 build of Windows 10 this update will come with a different KB number. Here are the Intel Meltdown/Spectre patch KB numbers by Window 10 build version.

How to Pause Windows Update in Windows 10

  1. Click Start | Settings
  2. Click Update & Security
  3. From the Windows Update Settings page click Advanced Options
  4. Toggle the Pause Updates switch to On

Updated 1/10/2018:

  • The Intel Meltdown Patch(delivered via Windows Update on Jan 3rd 2018) is causing blue screens (and a lot of pain)on AMD Athlon systems. In some cases, the AMD machine becomes unbootable. Microsoft has pulled the update for PCs with AMD Processors and issued the following warning.
  • Microsoft has reports of some customers with AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing this KB. To prevent this issue, Microsoft will temporarily pause Windows OS updates to devices with impacted AMD processors at this time.Microsoft is working with AMD to resolve this issue and resume Windows OS security updates to the affected AMD devices via Windows Update and WSUS as soon as possible. If you have experienced an unbootable state or for more information see KB4073707. For AMD specific information please contact AMD.

  • Microsoft @ CES2018 also said that the patch (KB4056894) will cause greater performance hits on older Windows 7, Windows 8 machines [source]NVidia GPUs also affected by the Meltdown vulnerability [source]List of Intel Meltdown Patch KB Numbers
KBApplies to
KB4056892Windows 10 version 1709
KB4056891Windows 10 version 1703
KB4056890Windows 10 version 1607 & Server 2016
KB4056888Windows 10 version 1511 Enterprise & Education editions
KB4056893Windows 10 version 1507 LTSC
KB4056895Windows 8.1 & Server 2012 R2
KB4056898Windows 8.1 & Server 2012 R2
KB4056894Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2
KB4056897Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

Meltdown Patch on Windows Server and Hyper-V Hosts

The steps to install the meltdown patch on Windows Servers are a bit more involved than just installing the updates. The kernel-user space splitting feature is NOT on by default. Microsoft has supplied detailed steps and some caveats to this process that need to be followed.

Carefully read https://www.saotn.org/important-note-windows-update-kb4056892/ and https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4072698/windows-server-guidance-to-protect-against-the-speculative-execution before attempting to install these patches on Windows Server 2016, 2012, or 2008 R2. Microsoft also provides a PowerShell module `Install-Module SpeculationControl` that automates some of the steps involved.



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