The recent rollout of Windows 11 update KB5031455, intended to enhance user experience, has ironically left a segment of its user base grappling with unexpected issues. Gamers, in particular, have found themselves at the receiving end of this update, facing installation troubles and noticeable drops in gaming performance. Here’s a closer look at the unfolding situation.
For some users, the update process has been anything but smooth, with repeated installation failures taking up significant time and causing frustration, especially for those dependent on their PCs for work. Gamers have reported crashes and performance issues in games, particularly those from the Epic Game Store like Fortnite and Horizon Zero Dawn. Even essential Windows apps like File Explorer haven’t been spared from the update’s unintended consequences.
Released on October 26, the KB5031455 update was meant to be an optional enhancement for users running Windows 11 version 22H2. It introduced the Copilot AI features in supported regions, preview support for start menu items, and ungrouping options for the taskbar. Additionally, it aimed to address existing bugs in Windows 11, including a memory leak issue. However, the update’s fallout has overshadowed these intended improvements.
This isn’t the first time a Windows update has led to widespread issues, leaving users to navigate through performance problems and seek out solutions. Those affected by the current update’s issues are advised to uninstall the problematic update and wait for an official bug fix from Microsoft.