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This Windows 11 update aims to stop your games from crashing

Patrick Devaney

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Microsoft has been working hard to bolster what Windows 10 and 11 can offer gamers. There have been a host of gaming features introduced and then key features like the Xbox game bar have also been updated. Unfortunately, however, like several aspects of Windows 11 there have been a number of problems that have been affecting the usability of certain gaming aspects.  Now, Microsoft has released a Windows 11 patch that all gamers should install. Let’s dive in a little further.

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The problem in question relates to an annoying issue that would pop up for users who use certain types of audio drivers and software to play sound effects. Basically, these would sometimes cause the games to crash causing huge frustration for the gamers. The update, which is known as cumulative update KB5014668 fixes this issue.

This Windows 11 update aims to stop your games from crashing

Microsoft explained in the release notes for the update that it, “addresses an issue that causes certain games to stop working if they use the XAudio API to play sound effects.” This means that if you are a gamer and your games have been inexplicably crashing recently you should definitely be looking to download this update as soon as possible.

As this is a non-security preview update, it is entirely optional for users to install, and Windows will not install it automatically. This means that you will have to go and find it and install it yourself. Don’t worry, though, as we will tell you exactly what you need to do.

To install the update, you need to go to Settings and then select Windows Update. From there you hit the Check for updates button. Windows should show you a list of available updates, which you then activate to install by hitting Download now.

This might just be a niche update for certain users, but it is heartening to know that Microsoft is aware of issues and is looking to fix them, even if you are unaware of the problem. If you are a keen Windows 11 user and want to stay up to date with all the latest stories and breaking reports, stick with us for all the latest Windows 11 news.

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