Microsoft Removes Antivirus Registry Key Check for Windows 10 Users
Microsoft has backtracked on a decision it took back in January when it conditioned that computers without a special registry key would not receive any more security updates.
That particular "requirement" was introduced as part of the Meltdown and Spectre patching process.
The Meltdown & Spectre registry key debacle
At the time, Microsoft said that antivirus vendors would have to add a key to the Windows Registry to signal that they are compatible with Microsoft's original Meltdown and Spectre patches.
Microsoft conditioned security updates based on registry key
The Redmond company said that Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 users that did not have such a registry key would not receive any more security updates part of the company's Patch Tuesday.
Microsoft hoped the addition of a registry key requirement would force antivirus vendors to upgrade their products in a hurry to support the Meltdown and Spectre patches.
In reality, the requirement made life a living hell for everyone, confusing both AV vendors and users alike.
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