Microsoft Removes Antivirus Registry Key Check for All Windows Versions

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Microsoft has decided to remove a mandatory "registry key requirement" it introduced in the aftermath of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability disclosure.

Microsoft used this registry key to prevent Windows updates from being installed on computers running antivirus software incompatible with the Meltdown and Spectre patches.

Antivirus vendors were supposed to create this registry key on users' computers to signal that they've updated their product and will not interfere with Microsoft's patches. This was a big issue because incompatible antivirus products would crash and BSOD Windows systems.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-removes-antivirus-registry-key-check-for-all-windows-versions/

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