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"Another bite - another bug" for Microsoft's Windows 11

Microsoft seems to be stuck with basic memory leakage issues, not seen since the Windows 98...

A memory leak is a term that refers to a computer program allocating too much RAM for a task, and then not releasing the unused cache memory.

File explorer goes all Chrome on your RAM

It seems that Windows 11 has this specific issue due to a bug with the File Explorer program. Essentially as a user closes out and reopens File Explorer, the amount of RAM it uses increases long after the program is exited. This effect continues until you either restart File Explorer from the Task Manager or reset your computer altogether.

it seems that unless the issue is fixed using the aforementioned methods, the amount of RAM can keep increasing upwards of 1GB. The result? Your PC or laptop can either slow down or become completely unresponsive.

In order to check for this issue in your own machine, open Task Manager and sort processes by highest memory usage. Then repeatedly use Win+E and check to see if RAM usage shoots up. If so, implement the fixes outlined above.

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Credit: groovyPost

Another file explorer bug

Another gremlin in the works is slowing down performance, this time when the context menu is invoked. The bug is related to the changes with File Explorer whereby Microsoft has altered the way the context menu works in Windows 11 to trim down the number of options presented when right-clicking, prioritising the most commonly-used options to appear as icons at the top of the list.

Apparently sluggish performance is an unwanted side-effect here, and one Windows 11 user complained of noticeable delays when using the context menu. There’s a delay of 1/2 second in most cases, but also sometimes you can see it start to open, then flicker as it has to readjust the size to reflect the options. Just seems sloppy.

Opening the context menu is slow and after it opens about half the items are stuck "loading" for a few seconds … the old menu had twice as many menu items, but it at least loaded instantly. It’s also worth noting that the bug seems to have more impact on lower-end PCs.

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Credit: SmartTechnicalWorld

Leaking Command Bar

This command bar is far more streamlined, offering core functions like copying or renaming files, with much less clutter, but the downside is it’s actually bugged right now, suffering from a memory leak. What happens is that the command bar is being forced to do unnecessary extra calculations when the user switches between different folders, causing what Microsoft describes as "an unexpected decrease in performance".

Some Windows 11 users have also experienced problems when dragging over files to select them, or navigating files using the arrow keys within a folder, and the above bug is believed to be the cause of these hiccups, Microsoft reckons.

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Credit: PCMag

Busting Intel network drivers

So, you may see a slowdown with your internet connection on a device that uses Intel Killer hardware, flakiness with streaming content or indeed sluggishness with VPNs using the OpenVPN protocol, which runs with either UDP or TCP, the former mentioned option being the one used for speed as opposed to reliability - but it won’t be speedy for affected users, of course.

Some websites might load slower than others in affected devices, with videos streaming slower in certain resolutions. And if you're streaming your own gaming content on Twitch, you'll likely see a significant drop in both video and audio quality. Same goes for the Youtube lives and . . even Microsoft's own Teams suffers this particular torture, which is amazingly ironic.

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Credit: Windows Central

Can't search in the search bar

There's currently an issue with the new Start Menu search bar that prevents it from being typed into. There are other ways to perform a search on Windows 11, but for anyone bringing this habit with them over from a previous OS it's a nuisance to change.

Fortunately, there's a workaround when it happens - opening the Run window will enable you to type into the search bar again. You can do this by hitting Win+R on your keyboard, and when it appears you can close it as you don't actually need to type or run anything. Simply opening and closing the program seems to resolve the search box issue.

Credit: The Windows Club

Credit: The Windows Club

Where are those widgets?

The Widgets board is a new part of Windows 11 that holds small apps, known as "Widgets" that give you quick access to information, such as news and events in your calendar. However, some people have found that the Widget board appears empty (it can be brought up be swiping from the left-hand side of the screen or pressing Windows + W on your keyboard).

There is an easy, albeit temporary solution to resolve that. To bring the widgets back, click the icon in the top right-hand corner of the Widgets board, then click 'Sign out'. Next, sign in again and the Widgets should appear.

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Credit: Cnews

Punishing AMD Users

One of the most famous Windows 11 problems has been with gaming PCs running AMD processors, with people complaining that they have seen as much as a 15% drop in gaming performance after installing the new operating system. This is obviously a big concern, especially as Microsoft was touting how good Windows 11 will be for gaming.

The good news is that Microsoft and AMD have been working hard on a fix, which is now available. There are two fixes listed on AMD's website. The first addresses the issue where functional L3 cache latency increases in some applications. For this problem, Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 software update, KB5006746, which you should download and install.

AMD has also released a Chipset Driver package that fixes an issue where 8-core AMD processors and higher were seeing reduced performance due to incorrectly scheduled threads. If you have a modern AMD CPU and have found your PC's performance to have been impacted by installing Windows 11, then make sure you apply both these updates, which will hopefully fix the issue.

Credit: XDA Developers

Credit: XDA Developers

Wake-up call

Microsoft certainly needs to get these fixes right, because they pertain to the overall responsiveness of the operating system, and user perception of how Windows 11 runs in general. If there are continued problems around these basic aspects of the OS, that’s really not going to reflect well on the software giant.

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Credit: Mint

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Comments (2)

  • Meanwhile I just realised that windows 10 search is now in dark mode.

      26 days ago
  • This is why i refused to update

      26 days ago
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