Microsoft expands Windows 11 22H2 availability by partially removing gaming performance hold


Microsoft has partially removed a hold it recently applied on Windows 10 version 22H2 roll-out. The safeguard hold was applied because of “lower than expected” gaming performance on Windows 11 22H2.

Coming to details now, on November 22, Microsoft has updated its official Windows 11 22H2 “known issues and notifications” section. Microsoft has explained that the Safeguard ID 41990091 related to gaming performance has been modified to only include PCs with a small subset of games and apps.

Other PCs that don’t have these apps and games are now out of the Safeguard hold. If there are no other safeguard holds applicable, then your PC should be able to get Windows 11 22H2.

Important Notes:

November 22, 2022: The safeguard hold with the safeguard ID of 41990091 has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices which have one of the small subset of games and apps which are still affected by this issue. Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before the upgrade to Windows 11 is offered. Restarting your device and checking for updates might help it to offer sooner.

Microsoft had previously put Windows 11 22H2 update on hold using Safeguard ID 41990091. Some games and apps were stuttering or not performing well on Windows 11, version 22H2.  Microsoft also recommended updating affected games and apps to the latest version if you were on Windows 11 version 22H2 and were already facing the issue.