The latest version of Windows 11 suffered from a bug that disrupts gaming performance quite badly for some users, which resulted in the 22H2 update being blocked on those PCs to prevent the problem from manifesting – but the good News is that the upgrade block has now been partially lifted.
In case you missed this one, the Windows 11 22H2 bug in question caused “lower than expected performance” with some games (and even other software), including choppy frame rates (a seriously off-putting). This was due to GPU debugging features being mistakenly used on affected PCs.
Like Neowin (opens in a new tab) Noted, Microsoft has yet to fix this issue – yet – but has added a new note to their Build Health Dashboard that states the following: “The savegame with savegame ID 41990091 has been updated updated to protect only Windows devices that the small subset of games and apps that are still affected by this issue.
This means that many Windows 11 users who were previously stuck with the mentioned savegame suspension are now allowed to download the 22H2 update – only people who are running one of the few bug-vulnerable games and apps are now stopped. of upgrade.
Analysis: The unlucky will just have to wait patiently – but for how long?
Hopefully this means that the majority of PC gamers who were prevented from upgrading due to this flaw are now able to go ahead and grab the Windows 11 22H2 update. You may not see the upgrade immediately, however, and as Microsoft observes, it can take up to 48 hours before the block is lifted and 22H2 is actually offered.
That said, as Microsoft posted on its health dashboard a few days ago, the upgrade should now be available to anyone who is freshly eligible to pick it up. If the 22H2 update still hasn’t been offered to you, it’s worth restarting your PC and checking for updates – but if that’s not enough, you’re probably one of the unlucky people still affected. by the bug.
In this case, all you can do is patiently wait for Microsoft to pull itself together and implement a comprehensive solution to this problem. As to how long that will take, well, your guess is as good as ours.
To give you an idea, the tougher bugs can take a while to get fixed, and we recently witnessed a rather nasty Windows 11 printer bug – a bug that removed critical features from some devices, like the ability to print in color for example – takes two months to resolve. Hopefully, this game glitch won’t turn out to be such a complex problem to solve, but who knows.
Not being able to upgrade to the most recent version of Windows 11 is a frustrating experience, as you may miss out on feature additions, or perhaps more worryingly, work on the security front to fix vulnerabilities – and these could eventually leave your PC. open to operation.
That’s why we generally advise people to update fairly quickly, although on the other hand sometimes it’s better to be a little careful on the day an update is released, because the first few users may experience bugs or blocking issues introduced by the update. . In other words, it might be safe to wait a short while, but don’t procrastinate too long – just long enough to monitor the headlines and online forums to see if any nasty issues have arisen with an update. given day. .