Microsoft is testing a fix for performance issues in Windows 10

Windows 10 performance

Following the release of
March 2021 cumulative updates, users started reporting
serious problems, including issues with certain printers and
games. While the printer issue was immediately patched, Windows
10’s bug that resulted in performance issues somehow slipped
into the April, May and June 2021 updates.

Several users told us that their PC games are suffering from
various issues such as FPS drops, graphic anomalies,
stuttering, significant drops in movements and even completely
crashing.

In our tests, we observed that stuttering, nasty frame rate
drops and other performance issues were linked to the updates
released since March 2021. According to release notes,
Microsoft first acknowledged the reports in April and a
server-side fix was released in the last week of the same month
for affected users.

The fix wasn’t delivered to users as part of a patch that they
can apply under Windows Update. Rather, the buggy code was
remotely disabled by Microsoft. This server-side update
automatically resolved the performance gremlin for ‘most’ users
affected but not all as some users are still reporting FPS
drops.

The good news is that Microsoft hasn’t just confirmed this
issue for the second time – it has properly addressed the
problem in a new cumulative update released for those in the
Release Preview Channel of the Windows Insider Program.

Microsoft explained that only a “small subset of users” have
been experiencing performance issues in games following March
2021 patch. For those in the Release Preview Channel, the
problem has been marked as resolved in the release notes of
Build 19043.1081 (version 21H1).

“We fixed an issue in a small subset of users that have lower
than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842
or later,” the company noted.

In addition to performance issues, Microsoft has also
acknowledged and addressed
blurry taskbar icons bug.

However, unless you’re part of the Windows Insider program’s
Release Preview Channel,  then you’re going to have to
wait.

Microsoft hasn’t made an official comment on when the fix will
be released for those not part of the testing program. However,
according to Microsoft’s typical servicing schedule, the
company will publish the fix in the production channel via the
upcoming optional patch or next month’s Patch Tuesday release.

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