Windows 11 2022 Update: Microsoft confirms lower than expected game performance

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 11, 2022
Updated • Nov 11, 2022

Microsoft confirmed another Windows performance issue that is affecting games. The company confirmed the new issue on the Windows 11 version 22H" release health dashboard.

Windows 11 Gaming Performance

According to the information that Microsoft published, some games and apps "might experience lower than expected performance or stuttering on Windows 11, version 22H2". Microsoft does not provide examples of games or apps affected by the issue, but reveals that games and apps affected by this enable GPU performance debugging inadvertently. The feature is not designed for use on consumer devices.

The company writes:

"Some games and apps might experience lower than expected performance or stuttering on Windows 11, version 22H2. Affected games and apps are inadvertently enabling GPU performance debugging features not meant to be used by consumers."

It is unclear why the debugging feature is enabled by some programs on Windows 11 2022 Update systems. The number of affected games and applications is unknown as well.

Microsoft has put a safeguard hold in place that prevents the upgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2 for affected devices. The company is working on a resolution for the issue.

Microsoft's recommendation for affected customers is to try and update games or applications that may be affected by this. An update may resolve the issue, but it is likely that some games or apps do not have an update that prevents the enabling of GPU performance debugging.

Customers should not update their Windows 10 or 11 devices manually to the new Windows 11 2022 Update, if they suspect that their games may be affected by the issue. There is no real way of knowing whether that is the case or not. A missing option to upgrade to Windows 11 2022 Update is merely an indicator, as the lack of an update offer may be caused by something else entirely.

The new game performance related issue is not the first that is plaguing some gamers on Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system. When Microsoft released Windows 11 a year ago, gamers on AMD systems noticed performance issues almost immediately. In late September 2022, NVIDIA started to investigate performance issues caused by the Windows 11 2022 Update.

It is almost ironic that Microsoft highlighted gaming improvements in Windows 11, while some systems are affected or were affected by serious game performance issues.

Now You: how is the gaming performance on your systems? (via Deskmodder)

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  1. Anonymous said on November 11, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Microsoft confirms that Windows 11 is a useless piece of trash that neither users nor the general public want. Maybe Windows 12 will be better?

    1. Alan77 said on November 13, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      I wouldn’t count on Microsoft making Windows 12 any better. I bet it will be worse yet. Myself I’m sticking with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019 all the way. Which will receive security updates up to Jan 9th of 2029. Also I never do automatic updates. Always install security updates manually every month. I could careless about featured updates. It’s just more bloatware and telemetry going on your OS anyways. Going with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019 you have a lot of control on what goes on your Operating system every month to. So it’s a no brainer to stick with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019 all the way.

  2. Tom Hawack said on November 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    “It is almost ironic that Microsoft highlighted gaming improvements in Windows 11 […]”

    As I conclude from this is that they’ve innovated in terms of gaming improvements. Perhaps they mistook hot and cold water taps, or increased counter-clockwise this or that.

    Joke aside : Microsoft OSs, a work in progress, 2022 A Perpetual Microsoft Odyssey. I really don’t know how you guys (users of Win10/11) can bear it, I couldn’t.

    1. Rikorage said on December 5, 2022 at 8:05 pm

      I don’t think I’ve run into this issue yet if it can affect my system, I just upgraded my rig from a GTX1070/7700K/Z270 system, to a 5800X3D/X570S build, new fans and a Gen4 NVMe. I haven’t updated the graphics card or my previous RAM, but the games I’ve played have only seemed better.

      I wonder exactly how many people have been affected by the performance drops, what hardware configurations they have, what games they’re running, and what version of Windows 11 they’re using.

    2. Herman Cost said on November 11, 2022 at 4:53 pm

      Windows 10 Pro works fine for me. I just use the various Windows Update for Business features in the group policy editor to delay feature updates for at least a year. I can even delay them for longer than that if I choose to do so using the target release date setting. By then all the beta testing is done and the operating system is quite stable. And O&O ShutUp10 allows me to effortlessly recognize and disable all of Microsoft’s attempts to sneak in advertising and the worst of their telemetry. At this point, the only thing I really miss about Windows 7 is the ability to pick and choose the specific updates I want, but it hasn’t been that big a deal.

      1. Eddy said on November 12, 2022 at 6:59 am

        Hey Herman,

        Thanks for the heads up on O&O.
        My go to’s are Autoruns / ProcessExplorer to see whats going on…
        Then Private Zilla for controllong Edge, Cortana and telemetry.
        I will try out your recommendation and see if it’s an improvement.

      2. Tom Hawack said on November 11, 2022 at 5:32 pm

        I’m glad to hear that, @Herman Cost. Looks like the morale of the story is that modern Microsoft OSs require to use the one preceding the latest. Win10 acceptable once Win11 is released and so on. Now that I think of it it seems that indeed complaints regarding Win10 have decreased. I say “modern Microsift OSs” but maybe even older : when I got my PC installed (Aug. 2013) the vendor suggested then to run it under Win 7 rather than 8.1. Maybe did Microsoft’s decline start with Windows 8?

  3. piomiq said on November 11, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    How can be not surprised that there is less market share of Windows 11 if still happen performance issue.
    Candy looking system with limited functionality and high requirements.

    1. John G. said on November 11, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      That’s why W10 is still the king for gaming purposes. Thanks for the article.

      1. Robo said on November 12, 2022 at 10:16 pm

        While Linux Mint may show slower game fps I’ve found it to be much, much more stable.

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