If you’re still having gameplay issues in Windows 10 – and particularly stuttering and lower frame rates than expected – you’re stuck, a cure for what ails your PC is coming. Hopefully anyway. It is worth remembering that it was an earlier Windows update that caused these performance issues on some PCs in the first place.
Unfortunately for some unfortunate users, the Tuesday Cumulative Patch Update that Microsoft released in April had a penchant for breaking frame rates and making games stutter for no apparent rhyme or reason.
Various complaints surfaced after the launch, including one user who said he had observed “consistent stuttering in Doom Eternal” on a PC configured with a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and a computer GeForce RTX 3070 Graphic card.
“I think I have the same problem. Since yesterday, when I updated Windows, my performance in Warzone has increased from an average of 90 fps to 75 fps, and even drops below 60 fps (V-Sync off),” wrote another User in time.
The good news is that this month’s Patch Tuesday update (KB5004327) fixed the issue for some people. Not everyone was so lucky, however. As discovered by Windows Latest, some Windows 10 users report that they have the same performance issues even after installing the latest cumulative update that started rolling out a little over a week ago.
“Once again, I’ve been still having gaming performance issues since KB500842. Somebody at Microsoft really needs to fix this,” one user said wrote on Reddit. “The workaround is to set your power plan to ‘High Performance’, but I prefer to stick with the ‘Balanced’ power plan … It’s frustrating.”
The same problem does not seem to exist in Windows 11, although it is only available as a preview at the moment. And even if it gets released later this year, an argument could be made for holding back an upgrade to see what inevitable wrinkles still need to be ironed out.
Fortunately, Microsoft believes it has finally found the cause. While Microsoft didn’t go into great detail about the issue, the Release Notes for an upcoming Windows 10 feature update (21H2) indicate that a permanent fix is coming.
“We fixed an issue that was preventing power plans and game mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced gaming performance, ”the release notes read.
The caveat is that it could take a few months for the 21H2 update to arrive (likely around the same time as Windows 11). It is now also available in preview form to members of the Window Insider program, although it is possible that Microsoft will provide the same fix in the next cumulative update, which arrives on August 10th (the second Tuesday of next month).
In the meantime, there are a few possible workarounds that you can try if games are not running properly on your computer. One is to select the “High Performance” power plan in Windows 10 and hope that the operating system doesn’t ignore your choice. The other is closed Deactivate game mode. You may have better success with the latter as it has had performance issues for over a year.
Other than these measures, the same general advice applies: make sure you are using the latest drivers for your hardware, especially your GPU, and apply any game patches available for titles that will fit your PC.