When you update Windows, there’s always a chance that something will happen to throw a wrench in the works. This time, however, it seems that the Windows 11 22H2 update is causing major issues for gamers equipped with Nvidia graphics cards.
According to numerous posts on social media, Reddit, and Microsoft’s own support forums, users are seeing noticeable drops in performance while playing games after upgrading their computers.
For example, user emay007 posted on the Windows 11 sub-reddit saying “I just updated to 22H2 and am dealing with extremely unstable FPS in all my games. I have good gaming specs and have never seen any issues before (Ryzen 3600, 1070 TI, 16GB RAM). The games are basically unplayable.”
That was echoed by ChoPT, who stated: “I was having serious performance issues, both on desktop and especially in gaming (this also completely broke Gsync). Drops to ~30fps randomly from ~120, in non-graphically intense tests. Screen ripping like crazy.
At this time, there is no immediate solution. However, several users have reported that rolling back the update fixed the issue for them. For now, that’s just anecdotal evidence and might not work for everyone.
The issue doesn’t appear to be affecting AMD or Intel GPU users, suggesting it could be related to how the Windows 11 update interacts with an nvidia driver. That idea was apparently endorsed by Nvidia software qa Manuel Guzmán, who asked Reddit users to fill out a driver feedback form so that Nvidia can explore what might be going on. Hopefully that will lead to a quick fix being issued. For its part, Microsoft has yet to issue a remedy.
It’s not the first Windows 11 bug that has had a significant effect on performance. We’ve seen AMD users suffer similar issues with game exhaustion, Windows 11’s TPM slowing down Ryzen CPUs, and File Explorer bugs siphoning their memory.
If you find that your game performance has taken a big hit after installing the Windows 11 22H2 update, you might want to roll back to the previous version and see if that helps. Unfortunately, there’s not much more to do than hang around and wait for a fix.