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The end of video game performance problems on Windows 11?
Available since a few weeks, the 22H2 update for Windows 11 has not been without problems, especially for GeForce users.
At the end of September 2022, Microsoft launched the deployment of the annual Windows 11 update. The editor started the new rhythm of publishing these software updates to make the operating system more reliable, more complete and more secure. Unfortunately, this first update has - as too often in the past - been marred by major performance problems that were quickly noticed, especially by gamers equipped with NVIDIA graphics cards. The latter did not report any stability problem, but they did report a significant drop in performance, which forced NVIDIA to react quickly by proposing new drivers... without any real solution.
NVIDIA finally blamed Microsoft and new GPU debugging tools introduced with the Windows 11 22H2 update. While Microsoft did not immediately respond, it did eventually acknowledge that " some games and applications may experience lower-than-expected performance or jerkiness on Windows 11 version 22H2. The affected games and applications inadvertently enable GPU performance debugging features that are not intended for use by end users."
A belated acknowledgement from Microsoft, but it did not solve the problem. In fact, we had to wait another ten days for the software giant to release a patch that would save the day. The patch comes in the form of the KB5020044 update, which can be downloaded via the inevitable Windows Update. Of course, we do not invite you to download it if your system works as well before as after the application of the 22H2 update: no need to overload your configuration. On the other hand, if you are experiencing performance problems, your machine is running with a GeForce graphics card and you have installed the latest GeForce drivers (526.98) then applying this KB5020044 is probably a good idea.