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This Windows 10 update could hurt your performance in games

By Koh Wanzi - on 11 Mar 2019, 5:49pm

This Windows 10 update could hurt your performance in games

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If you've noticed poorer performance in game since you updated Windows 10, you may not be alone. Microsoft has confirmed that a problem with a particular Windows update may be messing with your performance in-game and even with your mouse movements. 

The issue lies in the February cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1809 (KB4482887), which was released on 1 March. Microsoft has acknowledged the issues in a support document, saying that users may notice "graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2".

In addition, it says it is working on a solution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. In the meantime, you can uninstall the update as a temporary fix. To do this, you need to navigate to the Windows Update settings, select the option to view update history, and then click "uninstall updates" at the top of the page. You can then select the update from the list that pops up. 

Users have already taken to Reddit with their complaints, citing "massive lag spikes" in games like Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2. The problem doesn't seem like it's limited to specific hardware either, so it doesn't matter if you're running AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA hardware. 

Ironically enough, the update was actually supposed to improve performance, and Microsoft was looking to reduce the impact of the Spectre variant 2 mitigations. 

Source: Microsoft