Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Updates That Hit Game Performance

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Last week, the Windows 10 updates KB5000842 and KB5001330 made a bit more of a fuss than usual, because they were found to be at the heart of several gaming-related performance issues across various games and graphics cards.

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Originally rolling out in late-March, it took a few weeks for folks to track down the culprit, but as Kotaku Australia reported last week they had led to “problems on AMD, Intel and Nvidia-based systems rang[ing] from stuttering in games, instability with V-sync enabled, reduced FPS and intermittent lag elsewhere in Windows.”

As ghacks repors now, though, those gaming-related issues are being specifically targeted over the next day or so, which Microsoft is able to do without releasing an all-new update. Thanks to its new KIR (Known Issue Rollback) system in Windows 10, they can “quickly revert a single, targeted fix to a previously released behavior if a critical regression is discovered.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

This kind of stuff reminds me of of PC gaming back in the old days—which permanently scarred me from PC gaming today—where like...Oh, the Graphics Driver is having compatibility with my Carpet Colour cause a new sound board version is .002 off but you can’t get the previous one without going to some sketch-ass Russian website, but once you do that you need to start editing some text files, etc etc etc... I didn’t want to play PC Doctor every time I bought a new game, so I just abandoned the hobby and went to console. If I have to troll through tech support forums, X game is immediately no longer worth my time

I know that’s not mostly how things are anymore—except for the time I bought Shogo Mobile Armor Division off steam last year and it was EXACTLY that again—but if I’m asked to be Tech Support but with no pay for my hobby, I’m kinda over it.   Something like this would have driven me insane.