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Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker 1.1.1

Check your processor for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8

Windows Management Framework 5.1 in Windows 7 and 8

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 January 2018
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Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker 1.0
Discover whether your PC is affected by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The end of 2017 saw a rather disturbing pair of vulnerabilities emerge that affect a large number of PCs and Macs. They emerged at the processor level, meaning multiple steps are required to mitigate the vulnerability.

The threats have been named Spectre and Meltdown – the most pressing of these is Meltdown, and affects all Intel chips as well as a handful of ARM chips. Fixes are being applied at multiple levels: the browser, Windows (and macOS) and within the chip’s own internal firmware.

Spectre affects all chips – even AMD ones – but is an emerging threat that at present has yet to be exploited.

How can you be sure whether your processor is affected by either – or both – threats? Ashampoo’s standalone tool promises to keep things simple. Download and launch the program, then click ‘Start security check’. Wait a few seconds and the results will be shown.

Note, Windows 7 and 8 users may need to first install the Windows Management Framework 5.1 to install or update Powershell to the required version. Windows 8.1 and 10 users should have no need for either.

Once the test is run, the results are straightforward enough. If you have an Intel or ARM chip, the results are likely to be a pair of red exclamation marks and “Your processor is vulnerable!” AMD users will be flagged for the Spectre vulnerability, but not the Meltdown one.

The ‘More info’ link provides a web page with additional information about the vulnerabilities, but no practical advice. You’ll need to visit your manufacturer’s support pages where you should find instructions on what to do next to resolve the hardware side of the vulnerability, which involves installing a firmware update via a BIOS update.

Note, modern motherboards will be fixed first, but the fate for older chipsets remains uncertain – Intel has only promised to release microcode updates for "90%" of CPUs that are five years old or newer, but some manufacturers may not bother to support older processors: Asus recently stated it would only support chipsets going back three years, for example. You may need to keep checking back regularly to see if a fix has been released.


The tool provides an easy way to confirm your CPU is vulnerable to either Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities.

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.