Windows 11 22H2: Game performance issues confirmed by Microsoft

Windows[German]Microsoft has confirmed a gaming performance issue on Windows 11 version 22H2 as of November 10, 2022. Stuttering or similar problems can occur in some games and applications. The cause is probably an unintended activation of the GPU performance debugging features. A compatibility lock for feature updates has been set. Addendum: The upgrade block will be removed mid December 2022.


The official confirmation by Microsoft was made on the Windows Release Health Status page of Windows 11 22H2 on November 10, 2022. The article Lower than expected performance in some games states:

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.

Microsoft has therefore set an upgrade blocker for feature updates to Windows 11 22H2. Devices that are affected by this block will no longer be offered the feature update. For enterprise update compliance uses, the protection IDs are 41766570 and 41990091.

Microsoft writes that affected users of Windows 11, version 22H2, may be able to fix the issue by updating their games and game-related apps to the latest available version. Those who aren't sure how to update their installed games and apps should contact the developer of those games and apps. Most of the time, however, an auto-update should occur once the problem has been fixed by the developer.

Microsoft is working on a solution and plans to provide an update in one of the next versions. Until the problem is fixed, Microsoft advises against updating a Windows 11 21H2 installation to the latest version 22H2.

Upgrade blockade eased

Addendum: On November 23, 2022 Microsoft announced that the upgrade block to Windows 11 22H2 has been relaxed for certain systems. Quote from this article:

The safeguard hold with the safeguard ID of 41990091 has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices which have one of the small subset of games and apps which are still affected by this issue. Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before the upgrade to Windows 11 is offered. Restarting your device and checking for updates might help it to offer sooner.

Issue fixed

Addendum: On November 29, 2022 Microsoft announced that issue has been fixed with preview update  KB5020044. The upgrade block to Windows 11 22H2 will be removed mid of December 2022.


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