If you’re seeing unexplained stuttering while gaming, you may want to roll back the latest Windows 11 update

  • November 11, 2022

The documentation of Microsoft’s known issues in Windows 11 (opens in new tab) version 22H2 has been updated to include “lower than expected performance in some games.” Specifically, impacted games will experience stuttering or large framerate drops, with some users reporting screen tearing as well. Microsoft states that “affected games and apps are inadvertently enabling GPU performance debugging features not meant to be used by consumers.”

So this is a function of Windows 11 meant for developers to use when optimizing games, and somehow games are going into this mode independent of user input. The issue is present in version 22H2, but you shouldn’t rush to roll back the update unless you’re experiencing those distinct graphical glitches and have ruled out other potential culprits. I’ve had 22H2 installed since the end of September, and haven’t run into anything like what’s been reported by Windows Central (opens in new tab) or members of the PC gaming subreddit (opens in new tab).