Microsoft has finally released the solution to Windows 10 gaming problems (via BleepingComputer), and you can download it right now. The company announced just over a week ago that it had fixed a problem with the game mode and some power plans that led to a messy performance of the game, and now we have it in our hands.
And if you’re expecting overall performance improvements for everyone, you may be disappointed. But if you’re one of the many who’s had game frame rate issues since March of this year, the fact that this optional update is available before you combine it with a larger standard patch in late August will be nice.
Some users have had problems with stuttering and low frame rates in the game, and Microsoft has acknowledged that it stems from problems with Windows 10 power plans and the Game Mode feature, which it has now identified and fixed.
Microsoft launched an emergency solution in late April that addressed a few more gameplay issues have been added to post-mix updates, but that didn't fix the underlying gameplay issues.
This last optional patch is claimed and the highlights are:
- Updates an issue that is preventing power plans and gameplay from working as expected. This translates into a lower frame rate and reduced performance while playing.
- Fixed an issue that prevented gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
- Updates a problem that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This can happen, for example, after booting if you have set the power options to turn off a laptop by closing the lid.
- Updates an issue that plays sound to select something from a game aloud when you press the game button activation button.
- Update a problem that does not detect that you are connected to the Internet after connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Updates a problem that causes printing to stop or print the wrong output. This problem occurs when you print with a USB connection after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
But you can also consult the file full support page for more information on what to expect with this build.
How to upgrade
How do I upgrade my Windows 10 game performance solution?
It's easy to update the system, just press the Windows button and type "Update". You can then click the "Check for Updates" button, which should show the optional updates available. Then, when the cumulative update KB5004296 appears, you can "download and install" the new patch, and after a quick reboot, you'll be able to fix it better.
I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t noticed much difference in terms of game performance, but I haven’t experienced any of the issues pointed out by some users, either when I’ve had game mode turned on or not.
I did some quick tests on my own current machine (a Comet Lake / RTX 3090 system) and the results are pretty much everywhere. Although I’ve only run three different games, I’ve seen performance go up, down, and stay exactly the same.
Horizon Zero Dawn was the most frustrating, with a 1440p performance that went up a decent amount, while its 1080p frame rates slowed. Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition dropped the update and Warhammer Total War 2 outperformed both 1080p and 1440p. Even if only for a few frames per second, that hardly counts.
Let us know how it works with the latest Windows 10 performance patch and write to us if you see anything drastic going on for better or worse.