Microsoft issues Windows 11 alert: Download the update or risk losing data

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Windows 11 users must urgently download a new update or risk losing crucial data from their machines. Microsoft recently put out a new warning that Windows 11 PCs with the latest supported chips could be at risk of “data corruption”. This affects not only Windows 11, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, but also the Windows Server 2022 operating system.

As reported by Bleeping Computer, Microsoft issued an advisory this week which revealed, “Windows devices supporting the latest Vector Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instruction set (VAES) may be at risk of data corruption. “.

The Redmond-based tech giant didn’t say what customers affected by the issue should expect, other than revealing that they could be impacted by potential data loss.

Luckily, if you are affected by this problem, you can immediately download a few updates to fix this problem.

The patches that Windows 11 users should download are the May and June Windows Updates released on May 24 and June 14.

There is one major catch, however – Microsoft has said that AES-based systems could be twice as slow after installing crucial patches.

If you notice that your performance is affected, again there are workarounds.

Microsoft has advised Windows 11 users experiencing slow performance to install the preview updates released on June 23 and July 12.

Windows 10 and 11 makers have said that once these patches are installed, performance issues should be resolved.

In an online support document, Microsoft said, “To prevent further damage to data, we fixed this issue in the preview release on May 24, 2022 and the security release on June 14, 2022. After applied these updates, you may notice slow performance for almost a month after installing them on Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11 (original release).

“Scenarios that can cause performance degradation include: BitLocker, Transport Layer Security, and disk throughput.”

“If this affects you, we strongly urge you to install the May 24, 2022 preview release or June 14, 2022 security release as soon as possible to avoid further harm. Performance will be restored after installing the release June 23, 2022 preview release or July 12, 2022 security release.”

Chips that could be affected by this issue include Intel’s 10th generation notebook chips as well as 11th and 12th generation core processors.

AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 architecture also supports VAES, but those chips are due out in the fall – so the updates needed to fix the problem would have been around for a while.

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