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Latest Windows 10 Update causing nightmares for gamers

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Updated April 26, 2021: These issues now have an official fix from Microsoft.

What you need to know

  • The latest Windows update is causing a wide range of issues.
  • Its issues include buggy frame rates, the blue screen of death, and stuttering.
  • The problems don't seem to be limited to specific hardware, as people with NVIDIA and AMD have run into problems.

In an occurrence that is becoming quite common, another set of Windows 10 updates is causing serious issues. According to several people from a recent Reddit thread, the most recent set of Patch Tuesday updates for Windows is causing serious problems. People have run into stuttering, inconsistent frame rates, and seen the Blue Screen of Death after installing the most recent set of updates.

The issues appear to be related to Windows 10 update KB5001330 which started rolling out on April 14, 2021.

The issues don't seem to be limited to a single type of hardware. People with NVIDIA and AMD-powered PCs have experienced issues following the most recent update for Windows 10.

"Microsoft forced the april update, but it has the same issues, we had experienced with the previous optional update," says Reddit user m4dden. "Random stutter, unstable fps , vsync seems broken sometimes, if i screen share on discord my fps in games become very unstable with vsync enabled. Uninstalling it makes everything back to normal."

While the issues can be frustrating, it's easy to uninstall and reinstall updates on Windows 10. Reddit user Danny1145 says that uninstalling the update fixes the issues and that the issues reappear after reinstalling the update.

We have a complete guide on how to uninstall update KB5001130 to help fix the issues on Windows 10. Be aware that while uninstalling the most recent update could fix the issues, it will also remove any security updates or other improvements from that update.

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3 Comments
  • "We want users to go from needing Windows to loving Windows..." It is frustrating. I wish they would do better testing.
  • Well that was meant for Sun Valley. But yeah, I do hope after Sun Valley, they would hire more testers again like it used to. They may do have now for sure, but since their massive lay-offs which includes bunch of testers teams, Windows has seen some more issues with some rare instances of major bug like file deletion/disappearance issue back then. They are improving, but I hope that with new leadership from Panos. They will revitalise Windows by actually utting bit more resources into testing and bug hunting internally.
  • What they really need is to just *hire* professional testers in general and stop letting the clueless consumer "test" for them. The only fixes they seem to find and implement involve gayming and not anything structural or functional.