Microsoft releases fix for game performance issues caused by Windows 11 22H2 update

What just happened? If you’re one of the many people whose PC is experiencing gaming performance issues since installing the Windows 11 22H2 update, here’s some good news: Microsoft is finally rolling out a fix via the optional November cumulative update KB5020044.

Microsoft began rolling out the Windows 11 2022 Update, also known as the 22H2 Update, to more than 190 countries at the end of September. As is always the case with updates of this size, users started experiencing issues including blue screens of death and game performance issues such as stuttering, affected G-Sync, and audio glitches.

Some, but not all, of the game’s stuttering was caused by a separate driver issue. Nvidia fixed this issue in September by advising users to upgrade to the latest version of the GeForce app.

It took Microsoft over a month to acknowledge that Windows 11 22H2 was killing game performance, which it confirmed was caused by some games and apps inadvertently enabling debugging features without GPU performance intended for consumers. The Redmond company said a few weeks ago that it was working on a fix, and now it has arrived.

Sample update KB5020044 is optional. Unless you’re on a Windows Insider build, it must be downloaded manually; go to Settings, then Windows Update, and click Check for updates to download and install it.

The update includes a host of upgrades and fixes in addition to addressing affected game performance. Some highlights include Microsoft OneDrive subscribers receiving storage alerts on the Systems page of the Settings app. It also provides the total storage capacity of all OneDrive subscriptions, shows total storage on the Accounts page of the Settings app, and combines Windows Spotlight with themes on the Personalization page.

Microsoft writes that due to minimal operations over the holidays and the upcoming Western New Year, this will be the last non-security preview of 2022. Check out all the update details here.

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