Windows 11 22H2, which is the first major feature update for the operating system, unfortunately introduced some issues for gamers, particularly those with Nvidia graphics cards.
As we explained in a previous report, some people with Nvidia GPUs found that their games weren’t running as well, and there’s nothing worse than applying an update to see the number of frames per second (fps) drop, making gameplay jerky.
We heard that Microsoft and Nvidia were investigating the cause of these issues, and Team Green came up with a fix.
Neowin (opens in new tab) drew our attention to Nvidia identifying the cause, which were the new graphical debugging tools in the big Windows 11 update that were being triggered by mistake, slowing everything down.
And the cure Nvidia has provided is installing a new beta version of its GeForce Experience software, specifically version 3.26 as described here (opens in new tab). Follow Nvidia’s instructions, but to sum it up in the easiest way is to open GeForce Experience, go into Settings and select ‘Enable experimental features’ (beta features, in other words).
After that, close the app – wait 30 seconds apparently – and launch GeForce Experience again, after which it will update. You should be good to go, and framerate gremlins will be banned (hopefully).
Analysis: Don’t want that beta? Fortunately, a driver release is imminent
Not everyone wants to install beta software, of course, because by its very nature it can be problematic – the features provided are still in testing, after all. This means that the fix might not work for some possibly and there is also a chance that another new problem could be introduced somewhere. It wouldn’t be the first time a beta patch has given with one hand and taken away with the other.
There’s also the fact that some gamers don’t own any trucks with GeForce Experience, preferring to avoid it and simply use Nvidia’s graphics driver. Anyway, if you’re not interested in installing what’s available right now, the good news is that there’s a new GeForce Game Ready driver coming sometime this week – and you’ll be able to get the fix out of it. With any luck, this will only take a few days.
Note that some have raised the possibility that GeForce Experience was at least partially to blame for the stutter and frame rate drops here, but those who didn’t install it also had fps issues after upgrading to Windows 11 22H2, so these rules this one. theory.
As a final note, GeForce Experience v3.26 introduces 8K recording at 60 fps HDR for ShadowPlay, Nvidia’s screen recording tool – although that’s for next-gen Lovelace GPUs, which are just around the corner.