Windows 11 Annual and Intermittent Updates + Side Effects?

This month’s Microsoft’s Update Tuesday (September 20th) was a big one with the release of the Window 11 2022 Update (Windows 11 22H2). Windows 11 22H2 was the first major update since Windows 11 was released back in October 2021. Microsoft has committed to and appears to be sticking too as well a schedule for major Windows 11 updates on an annual basis. However, Microsoft will be introducing small fixes and new features when they are ready. Via Ars Technica:

Nearly a year later, it has become abundantly clear that Microsoft isn’t holding back changes and new apps for the operating system’s yearly feature update. One notable smattering of additions was released back in February alongside a commitment to “continuous innovation.” Other, smaller updates before and since (not to mention the continuously updated Microsoft Edge browser) have also emphasized Microsoft’s commitment to putting out new Windows features whenever they’re ready.

For smaller changes that aren’t delivered as part of a yearly feature update or via a Microsoft Store update, Microsoft will use something called Controlled Feature Rollout (CFR) to test features with a subset of Windows users rather than delivering them to everyone all at once.

Of course what’s a software (or in this case Operating System) update without some ‘side effects’?  Nvidia’s GeForce graphics cards users have noticed major performance issues since installing the Windows 11 22H2 update. The good news is Nvidia is aware of the issue, knows what causing it and how to fix it:

Nvidia says the problem is caused by some new Windows graphics debugging features that are enabled by mistake.

The company publicly acknowledged the issue and released a new beta version of the GeForce Experience software package that it says should fix the slowdown. This implies that the problem is with Nvidia’s add-on software rather than the GeForce drivers themselves; if you installed the drivers without the GeForce Experience software, you may not have noticed the slowdown in the first place.

I have to admit I am impressed by Nvidia’s response as in many scenarios these hardware companies either deny there is a problem (something in this day and age of social media is not going to work and could prove to be a PR nightmare) or play the blame game. In this case though, it seems the issue lies with their optional add-on software and not a driver conflict issue with Windows 11 22H2.

via Ars Technica