Windows 11 update finally fixes storage slowdowns


Why it matters: Windows 11 early adopters for months have complained of HDD and SSD slowdowns when using Microsoft’s latest operating system. Updates in December 2021 and January 2022 supposedly addressed the matter, but complaints persisted. Now it seems as though a new optional update has finally fixed the issue.

Released on January 25, Windows 11 KB5008353 “addresses a performance regression issue that occurs when you enable the update sequence number (USN) journal.” According to Windows Latest, which has been tracking the issue for months, the update does indeed appear to remedy the issue.

One user from the Feedback Hub said that in addition to their NVMe, their SATA SSD is also faster. Windows 11 used to boot up slower than Windows 10, but that’s no longer the case after the new update, the user added.

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