The Windows 10 update that's been trashing framerates has been fixed

Windows 10 Update

The Windows 10 cumulative updates KB5001330 and KB5001337 came out earlier this month, containing various security fixes. They also messed with some users' in-game performance, causing stuttering and FPS drops as well as the occasional blue screen of death. March's KB5000842 preview update had led to similar problems, but was less widely noticed due to being an optional install. In both cases the advice was the same, even from Nvidia's staff: just roll back the update.

Microsoft is now aware of the issue, saying that, "A small subset of users have reported lower than expected performance in games after installing this update. Most users affected by this issue are running games full screen or borderless windowed modes and using two or more monitors." Its solution is to use Known Issue Rollback, "a new capability that can quickly return an impacted device back to productive use if an issue arises during a Windows update." Basically, over the course of today Windows 10 should undo the problematic change automatically.

And then everything will be hunky-dory. Until next time.

If you ever need to get rid of a Windows 10 update manually, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on View update history. From there, click on Uninstall an update, highlight the one that's causing trouble, and click the Uninstall button.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.