An NVIDIA staff member suggested users downgrade to an earlier version of Windows 10 to resolve gaming issues on devices using NVIDIA GPUs.
Since Microsoft released the April 2021 cumulative updates, gamers have complained about frame rate drops and stuttering while playing games.
“This update seems to introduce a large amount of stuttering on my RTX 3070 / R5 3600 platform. Originally I thought it was corrupting the operating system or graphics driver, but no, the stutter has reverted to every reinstallation and is gone every uninstallation, ”one user said in a Reddit thread about the April updates.
“For me this poses a huge problem on using vsync. When using vsync it cannot maintain a stable 60 fps. It drops like crazy to 55 or 40. Without vsync the same game is rendered on over 180 FPS. I uninstalled it and it’s back to normal. Don’t install updates until it’s fixed, “another user said in the same Reddit thread.
These complaints aren’t just about Reddit and have spilled over into the Windows 10 Feedback Hub, Microsoft Community Forums, BleepingComputer Forums, and NVIDIA Forums.
As first reported by WindowsLatest, in response to these complaints, an NVIDIA staff member suggested rolling back from the optional KB5000842 March 2021 preview update to resolve the issues. KB5000842 contains the same changes in Windows 10 as in the April update KB5001330, but without the security fixes.
“If you see a drop in performance in games, check to see if rolling back Windows 10 update KB5000842 fixes the problem,” an NVIDIA staff member commented on the NVIDIA Forums.
To roll back from the April updates, users should uninstall KB5001330 and roll back to the Windows 10 Tuesday patch update KB5000802 from March.
With Windows 10 April Update KB5001330 addressing over 100 security vulnerabilities, including actively exploited and publicly disclosed vulnerabilities, users are strongly advised not to uninstall this update.
Microsoft will release a new cumulative preview update today or tomorrow, and users can try installing it first to see if that fixes the gaming issues.
Otherwise, users are strongly recommended to try the latest graphics drivers or even revert to old GPU drivers before even considering uninstalling security updates.
BleepingComputer has contacted Microsoft to see if they have any suggestions for users, but have not received a response yet.