Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build adds some Windows Defender security tweaks

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Of course, we already know that this next version of Windows 10 will put a magnifying glass on things like artificial intelligence, gaming, HDR video and security, among other features.

The anti-virus compatibility check was added in January for Windows 10 users as part of Microsoft's response to the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Meanwhile, the world expects Microsoft to publicly dub this major revision the 'Spring Creators Update,' a name that has appeared in several leaked Windows 10 Insider Preview builds up until this point.

Direct download links for Windows 10 KB4088776 is now available from Microsoft's update catalog and it can be installed on any PC without an active internet connection.

Due to issues with old AV software, Microsoft previously blocked these security updates for some users.

Meltdown and Spectre are attack techniques published by researchers in which operating system kernel information can be tapped by malware. With this latest round of updates, all of Microsoft's [currently supported] operating systems are hardened against any known Meltdown threats. Restarting Windows Mixed Reality should resolve both issues. You can find the full list of available Intel microcode updates by Windows 10 version here (KB4093836). Microsoft also mentioned that they will further the expand the availability as Intel shares the updated microcode with them.

Microsoft's approved microcode releases don't arrive automatically via Windows Update.

Performance improvements: The teams at Microsoft are constantly working to improve performance for our users.

Cable did note in the announcement that Microsoft does plan to add coverage for "x86 editions of Windows 7 [Service Pack 1] and Windows 8.1", which presumably means that Microsoft will eventually issue microcode approvals for those systems, in addition to Windows 10.

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