If you installed the latest Windows 11 update and have been experiencing all kinds of problems since then, you’re not alone. And if you haven’t installed it yet, it’s probably best to wait for it for now. Many users have reported issues following the recent update, including crashes, slowdowns, and blue screens of death (BSOD). Gamers appear to be most affected, with some reporting stuttering Star Field And Ratchet and Clank: Rift aside.
Following the latest update released on Patch Tuesday, various reports of issues began to trickle in on social media and Microsoft’s Feedback Hub. Microsoft itself hasn’t spoken about it yet, but given the number of reported issues, we might hear an official comment on the situation soon. If you have already installed the update and are not experiencing any issues, you have nothing to worry about. If you have installed and are experiencing issues, it is best to revert to the previous version and contact via the Feedback Hub.
The security update in question (KB5030219) is mandatory, which could explain the scale of the problem. Blue screens appear to be the most serious result of installing the patch, as reported by Windows Latest readers. Fortunately, Windows should automatically uninstall the update if it fails to boot following a BSOD, but it seems that for some people their devices are rendered completely unusable, with no way to bypass the BIOS.
Some users also reported that they couldn’t even boot their PC properly after applying the patch, while others experienced freezes on lock screens. Finally, various network issues started cropping up, preventing users from connecting to the internet.
Upgrading to version 22621.2283 also led to issues with the Start menu and search function, both of which appear broken for some people, according to user reports on Reddit and Microsoft’s Feedback Hub.
But that’s not the only thing to do. Star Field Gamers were hit the hardest, with people reporting on Reddit and in the Feedback Hub that the game became unplayable after the September update.
“Launched Windows today, it asked for a reboot to install an update. After reboot, 99th% frames per second (fps) is 4 according to Nvidia Overlay. In the performance monitor I can see that CPU usage stays between 1-2% when the game is running,” said u/Everlier on Reddit. Several others seem to have the same type of problem.
In the case of Star Field, recent Nvidia drivers have also been suspected of being the cause – and we all know that can happen sometimes. However, rolling back Nvidia drivers didn’t always help, so it may be Windows after all. It’s hard to say for sure until Microsoft itself weighs in on the matter.
That’s the tricky thing about Windows Updates. In some cases, it is not the update itself, but a conflict with other drivers or software.
This is the second problematic update in the last month. Last time, those with some of Intel’s best processors got stuck in BSOD loops until the update was finally uninstalled automatically. Time and time again, it’s been proven that it’s often best to wait a few days to install new updates if you can – you never know what they might release.