Windows 11 22H2, which is the first big feature update for the OS, sadly introduced some problems for gamers, notably those with Nvidia graphics cards.
As we explained in a previous report, some folks with Nvidia GPUs found that their games were not running nearly as smoothly, and there’s nothing worse than applying an update to see that magic frames per second (fps) number drop down, making for jerky gameplay. We heard that both Microsoft and Nvidia were investigating the cause of these issues, and Team Green has come forward with a fix.
Neowin (opens in new tab) brought our attention to Nvidia pinning down the cause, which was new graphics debugging tools in the big Windows 11 update which were being mistakenly triggered, therefore slowing everything down.
And the cure Nvidia has provided is to install a new beta of its GeForce Experience software,
specifically version 3.26 as outlined here (opens in new tab). Follow Nvidia’s instructions there, but to summarize the easiest way, that’s to open GeForce Experience, go into Settings, and then select ‘Enable Experimental Features’ (beta features, in other words).
After that, close the app – wait for 30 seconds apparently – and then fire up GeForce Experience again, whereupon it will update. You should then be good to go, and the frame rate gremlins will be banished (hopefully).
Analysis: Don’t want that beta? Luckily a release driver is imminent
Not everyone wants to install beta software, of course, because by its very nature, it can be problematic – the features provided are still in testing, after all. That means the fix may not work for some, possibly, and there’s also the chance that another fresh problem could be introduced somewhere. It wouldn’t be the first time a beta patch gave with one hand, and took with the other.
There’s also the fact that some gamers don’t have any truck with GeForce Experience at all, preferring to avoid it and simply use Nvidia’s bare graphics driver. At any rate, if you’re not keen on installing what’s available now, the good news is that there’s a new GeForce Game Ready Driver coming at some point this week – and you’ll be able to bag the fix with that. With any luck, that’ll just be a few days away now.
Note that some have raised the possibility that GeForce Experience was at least partly to blame for the stuttering and frame rate drops here, but those who don’t have it installed have also run into fps problems after upgrading to Windows 11 22H2, so this rules out that theory.
As a final note, GeForce Experience v3.26 ushers in 8K recording at 60 fps HDR for ShadowPlay, Nvidia’s screen recording tool – although this is for next-gen Lovelace GPUs,
which are just around the corner.
Have issues installing Windows updates? Start here.
Your device may not be able to update to the latest version of Windows 10 for a few reasons. The following tips can help you pinpoint the issue affecting your device.
Before you begin, make sure your device is plugged into a power source and connected to the internet. Then, try the steps listed below to get your PC to update.
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Create a local user or administrator account in Windows. Or if someone else at home or in your office has an administrator account on your device, try asking them to install the updates. 1. Windows 11’s UI Inconsistencies
Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has wanted to phase out the legacy UI elements of Windows in favor of a modern approach. But even with the might of Microsoft behind the task, legacy UI has stuck around to this day.
With Windows 10, Microsoft modernized a lot of elements. The company took things one step further with Windows 11. As a result, Windows 11 looks a lot cleaner and aesthetically pleasing than Windows 10. That said, there is still a long way to go.
Microsoft has significantly overhauled the Start Menu with Windows 11. It is centered. There are also no Live Tiles. And the long list of all the apps that you know from Windows 10 is also gone. You can pin apps to the Start Menu and see the recommended or most used app.
The new Start Menu has a bunch of issues. For instance, when you remove the recommended apps, there is a giant free space left at the bottom of the Start Menu. This is just bad design.
Can’t upgrade to Windows 11
Users are often split between wanting to upgrade to the new OS as soon as it’s launched, and those who want to avoid the lengthy hassle of upgrading and learning the new user interface. Those who want to upgrade sometimes can’t for various different reasons but perhaps the most common reason why a given user isn’t offered the free upgrade is because of the hardware they are running.