Windows 10 users have been experiencing poor gaming performance due to faulty updates for many months and Microsoft has finally rolled out an update that is expected to implement several fixes. This optional Windows 10 update addresses low frame rate, stuttering, and reduced performance issues for PC gamers.
Cumulative update KB5004296 includes several fixes for various issues, including those related to operating system gaming issues. According to Microsoft’s changelog, the main issue was that the game mode and power plans were not working properly after the March update. As a result, some gamers experienced lower frame rates and worse performance. The KB5004296 update is expected to fix these issues once and for all.
The optional cumulative update also fixes another gaming issue where game services were not opening certain games for desktop users. Additionally, the update fixes a bunch of other issues related to VPNs, Input Method Editor (IME), and File Explorer. The full list of fixes and quality of life improvements is available on the Microsoft support page.
To download and install the latest update, you will need to go to settings and select “Update & Security”. Then click on “Windows Update” and “Optional Updates Available” to find the update KB5004296. From there, simply proceed by downloading and installing the update which may prompt you to restart your PC. You can also download the update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Does the update really work?
It’s still unclear how much this update will improve gaming performance. So far, there haven’t been a lot of comparisons and benchmarks. Hopefully, those suffering from performance issues will benefit from the fixes that come with this update. Those who prefer not to update right away can also wait for the next Windows update next month. It will also include the aforementioned fixes.