Latest Windows 10 cumulative update causing gamers headaches

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 cumulative update has the gaming community over on Reddit flagging some relatively serious issues with its release.

The specific updates in question are KB5001330 and KB5001337 which have Redditors such as Danny1145 calling out the effects on their graphics drivers.

Yep, it's happening to me too on an RTX 3070 and R5 3600. Consistent stutter in Doom Eternal. This bug seems to crop up every time Windows puts out an update, and it's generally resolved by either reinstalling the update multiple times, reinstalling my graphics driver multiple times, or reinstalling my antivirus multiple times. Well, there goes the rest of my day. Seriously, fuck Windows 10.

Edit: Ended up just having to completely uninstall the update. Every time I tried to reinstall it, the stuttering came back, so I guess it's just an issue with the update rather than a driver or OS corruption.

Other listed issues by gamers include dropped frames, unstable vsync, and flickering screens among others. While gamers sometimes run the risk of issues with Windows 10 updates due to specialized drivers and custom GPUs, it seems the cumulative update is affecting a multitude of configurations across the board.

Gamers on both AMD and Intel Core i7 processors are experiencing frame rate and vsync issues that are forcing NVIDIA to advise its users to roll back Microsoft's latest update.

Windows 10 cumulative update rollback

If flickering screens and throttled frame rates weren't bad enough, reports of new green screens of death and stalled installations are also being associated with this month's cumulative update.

According to reporting from Windows Latest, “I’m getting a consistent failure of KP5001330 to install with error code 0x800f0984. This is happening on Surface Studio 2 and Pro 7. This is the second month in a row Microsoft has been unable to the cumulative update on my machines. The install pauses at 20%, then again at 73% (different from last month’s 40%), then at 100%, then fails.”

In some instances, KB5001330 has brought back a bug affecting profile sync on devices. Some users are also reporting that after installing the update they're also experiencing issues with sync'd wallpapers, settings, and files not appearing. Worst yet, some users are having trouble logging into their systems entirely with failed sign-in warnings popping up and preventing logins.

For now, Microsoft hasn't publicly acknowledged the mounting graphics issues its KB5001330 and KB5001337 updates are causing with gamers. Fortunately, it seems that if users can get access to rolling back options, resetting their device before the cumulative update landed seems to be the most effective solution.

Use the following steps (if applicable) to get your system back to normal-ish:

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Click ‘Update & Security.
  3. Click ‘Windows Update’
  4. Click ‘View update history.
  5. Click ‘Uninstall updates’ then select KB5001330 to uninstall it.
  6. Reboot.

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