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Windows 11 update might finally make the new OS worth it for gamers

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It's been a tough post-launch period for Windows 11 (opens in new tab), with its reception from gamers having been less than great. When an OS tanks your gaming performance (opens in new tab), that's to be expected somewhat. With the latest Windows 11 update, however, things may be looking up for us gamers.

The KB5008353 update has recently been made available as an optional download for users who aren't a part of the Windows Insider program. According to Windows Latest (opens in new tab), the update addresses some SSD- and HDD-related bugs that have been causing performance issues for the new operating system.

The bug in question causes unnecessary processes to occur during read/write operations, which is not something you need when 

It was originally tackled back in late November on the insider preview, with the update labelled KB5007262 (opens in new tab). The patch notes say it "addresses an issue that affects the performance of all disks (NVMe, SSD, hardisk) on Windows 11 by performing unnecessary actions each time a write operating occurs."

And now, after eight months of dealing with the problem, the fix has been kindly rolled out to us non-Insiders, should we choose to accept it. And by the sounds of it, you should.

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The optional updates Windows pushes out every Patch Tuesday are regarded as much more stable than those the Windows Insiders are tough enough to brave. And if it means better performance for gaming, hey, it's certainly worth a shot.

The patch might even finally make it worth updating to Windows 11 for those gamers still clinging desperately to the previous OS version. Though of course it's still down to personal preference.

If you want to give it a go, you can direct download from the Windows Update Catalog (opens in new tab). There are a few other things you can do to optimise Windows 11 for gaming (opens in new tab), as well, in case you're thinking of making the leap.

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.