Windows Insider participants sent comments to Microsoft warning the Redmond-based tech giant that the Windows 11 beta update they were experiencing was reducing their gaming performance.
Microsoft didn’t listen.
Windows 11 22H2 update went public on September 20, with new File Explorer tabs, Snap layout improvements, and more. Sadly, the update also comes with an Nvidia GPU not very compatible bug that stalled frame rates – and many gamers are miffed (h/t TechRadar).
Windows 11 22H2 update hampered gaming performance
After the release of Windows 11 22H2, users flooded Reddit, Microsoft’s feedback hub, and other forums to air their grievances about the update. One particular issue, however, continued to draw attention: intermittent frame rate drops during gameplay.
“I just upgraded to 22H2 and am facing extremely choppy FPS in all my games. I have good specs for gaming and never had any issues before (Ryzen 3600, 1070 TI, 16GB of RAM). Games are basically unplayable.” Redditor emay007 said.
“I updated to 22H2 and experienced this as well. Rolled back to previous version and all is well,” ARM_AT added.
The thread had 781 comments with many Redditors replying that they too had experienced the same issue.
As mentioned, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise to Microsoft. According to Windows Latest, Windows Insiders said Windows 11 22H2 was causing gaming performance issues month before its release.
“Game performance is terrible. Lots of stuttering and dropping frames in game. I can even feel the stuttering and lag when scrolling down on a website!” said a Redditor in late May after Microsoft pushed the release to the preview channel. “The fact that this version was released in preview makes me shiver! We told you about these problems 3 months ago and literally NOTHING was done.”
Microsoft is now paying the price for ignoring Windows Insiders participants. Fortunately, there is a fix.
Windows 11 22H2 Patch Update Failed
While Microsoft is dragging its feet for a fix, Nvidia has stepped in and rolled out an emergency fix for the failed Windows 11 22H2 update, according to Neowin.
Affected users can download GeForce Experience (GFE) beta update with version 3.26 which fixes the frame rate issue.
According to Nvidia, there are two ways to get the GFE update:
1. Download NVIDIA (opens in a new tab) GeForce Experience v3.26 installer here. (opens in a new tab)
2. In the GeForce Experience application, open “Settings” in GeForce Experience and select “Enable experimental features”. Then close GeForce Experience. Wait 30 seconds, then reopen GeForce Experience. The app will automatically update to the latest version.
According to Nvidia, new graphics debugging tools were accidentally triggered in Windows 11 22H2 update, causing lags, stutters, and framerate drops.