Despite the January 2022 security update, Windows 11 still has a bug that causes some devices to run slower than normal. The bug affects both HDDs and SSDs, with reports claiming that some storage drives are running up to 50% slower, and Microsoft has yet to properly fix the issue.
The problem was first reported in July 2021, and users have been experiencing it for quite some time. When Microsoft acknowledged that a Windows 11 bug affects the performance of “all discs (NVMe, SSD, hard disc)” by performing unnecessary actions each time a write operation occurs in December 2021 cumulative, the problem was officially resolved.
As previously speculated in December, the Windows 11 cumulative update fixes these performance issues for some users only, and reports of SSD or HDD performance being slower than it should be continue to surface.
Although the bug is still present in both the December 2021 and January 2022 security updates, it appears that a new optional update has finally addressed the storage drive issue.
According to our tests and reports, Windows 11 KB5008353 includes a number of important fixes as well as a fix for the critical SSD/HDD issue that affects everyone. The operating system’s performance issue, which had been looming for nearly eight months, has been resolved.
Microsoft also fixed another bug with the USN journal that caused a strange performance regression issue, according to the release notes.
Microsoft said the update “addresses a performance regression issue that occurs when you enable the update sequence number (USN) journal.”
Users also confirmed that their storage drives are no longer experiencing performance issues, and that the operating system feels faster.
“Not only on NVME, but also on SATA, my SSD is now faster.” “Earlier versions of Windows 11 booted up slower than Windows 10,” one user noted, and similar confirmations can be found on Feedback Hub.