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The gaming bug in Windows 11 has been fixed, but not for everyone

The current version of Windows 11 has been plagued by a flaw that severely affects gaming performance for certain users, resulting to the 22H2 update being stopped on those PCs to avoid the issue from emerging; the good news is that the upgrade restriction has been partly removed.

If you missed it, the Windows 11 22H2 flaw in question resulted in “worse than anticipated performance” with certain games (and other applications, for that matter), such as stuttering frame rates (a seriously off-putting phenomenon). That was because the afflicted computers had the GPU debugging features enabled by mistake.

However, a new notice has been added to Microsoft’s release health dashboard, which reads as follows: “The safeguard hold with the safeguard ID of 41990091 has been changed to only protect Windows devices who contain one of the tiny subset of games and applications which are still impacted by this vulnerability.”

This implies that the majority of Windows 11 users who were previously prohibited with the aforementioned safety hold may now download the 22H2 update; those who run one of a handful of games or programmes that are susceptible to the problem are now the only ones who are prevented from updating.

Those who aren’t so fortunate will simply have to wait, but for how long?

That should imply that PC gamers who were hesitant to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 because of that bug may finally make the jump. However, Microsoft notes that it may take up to 48 hours until the block is removed and 22H2 is made available, so please be patient if you do not receive the update immediately.

As Microsoft said on its health dashboard a few days ago, all users newly qualified to get the update should now be able to do so. If you haven’t received the 22H2 update yet, restarting your computer and checking for updates may help; if it doesn’t do the job, you’re probably still one of the unfortunate folks who are experiencing the problem.

In that scenario, your only option is to be patient and wait for Microsoft to get its act together and provide a complete fix for this issue. You may take a wild go at estimating how long that will take.

To give you an idea, we recently saw a really painful Windows 11 printer problem that took two months to cure, one that stole important functions from certain printers like the ability to print in colour, for example. Hopefully this gaming bug won’t be as difficult to fix, but you never know.

Windows 11 users who are unable to install the latest update run the risk of being left vulnerable to cybercriminals and other threats since they will lose out on new features and, more importantly, critical security patches.

That’s why it’s usually recommended that users update rather quickly. On the other hand, early adopters should exercise some caution on the day a new version is released, since doing so may expose them to serious flaws. That is to say, it may be wise to wait a little bit, but not too long – just long enough to check the headlines and internet forums to see whether any particularly nasty-sounding bugs have appeared with any given upgrade.