Microsoft has released new security updates to patch against the dangerous Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
They stated they are offering patches for Windows 8.1 and its predecessor Windows 7, along with other patches for Intel Coffee Lake, Kaby Lake and Sky Lake chipsets.
To safeguard their computer against Meltdown and Spectre, owners of Windows PCs need to install the new patches.
Up until now it was only Windows 10 that was updated and patched for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, however, as of Tuesday, the software giant began adding support for both Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 through the Windows Update service and its archived patch catalogue.
Although these are only currently available for 32-bit versions of the system, Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft has also taken steps to archive microcode patches that support Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake Intel chips.
Earlier this month Microsoft had begun archiving the Sky lake chips microcode Spectre and Meltdown patches.
This initiative from Microsoft is to make available the Meltdown and Spectre patches to more Windows and PC owners, but bear in mind most users run 64-bit versions of Windows there is still work to be done.
Further efforts are ongoing to support 64-bit and you can expect these patches within the next few weeks.
It is highly advisable to patch your computers as soon as you can to optimise protection form such vulnerabilities.