Windows 11 NVMe drives face performance issues

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  • NVMe SSDs are facing major performance issues on Windows 11 as it has decreased compared to Windows 10.
  • Users have to wait until 2022 for Microsoft to come up with a fix for the problem.
  • The fix will be released during January’s Patch Tuesday.

NVMe performance issues are causing Windows 11 users to complain that the technology has slowed down since its official launch. 

Several drivers seem to be affected by different issues, and the problems vary from user to user.

Reduced speeds 

Some users have taken to Microsoft’s own forums to complain about the decrease in solid-state drive (SSD) write performance that Windows 10 has caused, with reductions in speeds reaching as much as 50 percent. 

According to the Reddit thread that also touches on this issue, Neal Christiansen addressed the matter and indicated that Microsoft is currently working on the issue:

“Greetings, I am on the Microsoft file systems team and am investigating this issue.”

Here are also some threads in the Windows 11 Feedback Hub that also highlight the NVMe issue: 

Users experiencing the issue can only wait for a fix from Microsoft, and will likely have to wait until the company’s January Patch Tuesday to get it. However, there does not appear to be a workaround for now.

Windows 11 performance highlight

Performance has been a point of conversation about Microsoft Windows 11 since it launched in October. While the OS promises better performance than Windows 10, the OS does not seem to be living up to that promise.

However, Microsoft confirmed that it will make the necessary changes to enhance Windows 11 performance, but users have to wait until 2022. 

“Performance will be an area of focus for us in 2022. A lot of that focus will go into startup/launch perf; in terms of UI elements rendering on the screen (after the framework is loaded), we’ve tested the scalability of doing things like putting 10k buttons on the screen, etc. Most of the UI elements render pretty quickly already, but it would be good to understand if there are specific UI element scaling/slowness issues you’re experiencing and we could take a look into that specific scenario.

[…] Internally, in addition to wanting to focus some of our UX framework’s time on perf in 2022, we also have a dedicated team formed recently to tackle this topic more holistically. So there are multiple things we’re collectively doing here to try and make sure we have a good perf story.”

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