GeForce GPUs slow down after installing the Windows 11 2022 Update

The GeForce 3080 Ti.
Enlarge / The GeForce 3080 Ti.

Sam Machkovech

Some users of Nvidia’s GeForce graphics cards are noticing serious performance issues after installing the Windows 11 2022 update (also known as Windows 11 22H2) that Microsoft released to the public earlier this week. As reported by Bleeping Computeraffected users experience stuttering, inconsistent frame rates and slowdowns even on fast computers with modern components.

Nvidia say the problem is caused by some new Windows graphical debugging features that were accidentally enabled.

The company publicly acknowledged the issue and has released a new beta version of the GeForce Experience software package that it says should fix this. This implies that the problem lies with Nvidia’s plug-in software rather than the GeForce drivers themselves; if you installed the drivers without the GeForce Experience software, you may not have noticed the slowdown in the first place.

Bugs like this are why Microsoft rolls out major Windows updates in phases, starting with a small group of PCs and working outward. The company learned this lesson early in the Windows-as-a-Service era when issues like non-functional webcams, data lossand broken applications surfaced early in the public rollout process for significant feature updates.

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