Windows 10 updates haven’t really had a good 2020. The latest issue with Windows 10 May 2020 Major Update is hitting many PC users in the last place they want to be interrupted: their gaming sessions.
Latest Windows reports that the big update is linked to a number of ESENT bugs (ESE Runtime, a tool that helps with searching and indexing media) appearing on systems causing choppy gameplay. This reminds us of how Microsoft is blocking some of its own devices from downloading the update.
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A Rainbow Six Siege gamer quoted in the article wrote: “I too stuttered like crazy when playing R6S, went from 150 fps to 40/50 fps, and the operating system stuttered as well.” Another refers to the ESENT errors, saying “I got this error while playing the game and my game started to stutter for a few seconds like crazy.”
ESENT bugs have affected players directly in the FPS for years, as this April 2018 shows. Microsoft Forums post that blamed the Fall Creators Pack update, where one user said “The screen will freeze and you will hear the buzzing of the last second of sound repeating over and over again as if the computer is tied up in a loop.”
Before reaching What To fix it, I think this is a very good reminder that force-installing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (also called Windows 10 version 2004) is not a great idea. Sure, this big update has some cool stuff, but it brought with it a lot of unforeseen bugs like this one.
Fortunately, there may be a way out:
How to remove the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
Hope you installed the May 2020 update recently, because there is a 10 day window to uninstall some Windows 10 updates. And removing the May 2020 update is the best option to fix this problem.
To do this, open the Settings app, either by opening the Start menu and clicking the gear or by typing the word ‘settings’ in search.
So there are two options. If you know the specific update that Windows 10 May 2020 released on your machine (and they vary), look for “Uninstall updates” at the top of the screen.
Otherwise, in the Settings app, select Update & Security, and then click “Recovery” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10” and follow the instructions on the screen.