Some Windows 11 users are experiencing an issue where NVMe drives may run slower than expected, but Microsoft has now acknowledged the issue and released a fix. As part of Windows 11’s latest monthly preview update, Microsoft is now testing a bug patch that should fix the issue.
Originally released on November 22, Microsoft mentions that the preview of KB5007262 (OS Build 22000.348) has a fix related to write operations. The company also mentions that Windows 11 performed unnecessary actions every time a write occurs. However, the problem only occurs if the NTFS USN journal is enabled. In most cases, this is always enabled on the C: drive, which is the primary system drive for most NVMe SSDs installed on a PC.
If you want to get this update today to fix this issue, there is little risk of doing so. This monthly preview update was tested and verified by Microsoft before it was released. Just go to Institutions > Update & Security > Windows Update. Then, in the Optional updates available area, you will find the link to download and install the KB5007262 update. It takes no more than five minutes to download and install, and you also get some bonus features with this update, such as a redesigned set of emojis.
It’s been a bit of a rough road for Microsoft when it comes to these Windows 11 bugs – although fixes are usually released within a few weeks or days. Since the launch of the operating system, there have been several issues. The list covers issues with right-click menus in Explorer, performance issues, and empty folders in subsystem areas.
For now, however, the fix for slow NVMe drives is still in preview. There’s no risk of installing it early, but if you’re willing to wait, Microsoft usually releases bug patches once a month on a day known as “Patch Tuesday.” The next “Patch Tuesday” is expected on December 14. However, Microsoft has warned that the upcoming holidays and “minimum operations” in the United States could affect that release, so it may be worth downloading this November 22 preview update now.