Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 22H2 may result in a less-than-ideal gaming experience, having published a new notification through its support site that warns users of lower-than-expected performance and stuttering in some games and apps with the latest version of its operating system.
“Affected games and apps are inadvertently enabling GPU performance debugging features not meant to be used by consumers,” Microsoft explained before going on to state that it’s working on a resolution that will be introduced in an upcoming release.
Otherwise known as the Windows 11 2022 Update, Windows 11 22H2 was released in September 2022 and introduced a number of new features to the OS, including tabs in File Explorer and enhancements to Snap layouts.
From a Microsoft support post:
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.
To safeguard your upgrade experience, we have applied a compatibility hold on devices affected by this issue from being offered or installing Windows 11, version 22H2. If your organization is using Update Compliance, the safeguard IDs are 41766570 and 41990091.
Workaround: If you are already on Windows 11, version 22H2 and are experiencing this issue, you might be able to resolve it by updating your games and gaming related apps to the latest version available. If you are unsure how to update the games and apps you have installed, you will need to consult the developer of those games and apps but most will update automatically through the store they were purchased from or directly when opening them.
Next steps: We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Note: We recommend that you do not attempt to manually upgrade using the Update now button or the Media Creation Tool until this issue has been resolved and the safeguard removed.