Windows 11 users who have encountered an issue where they find that large files are copied very slowly will be pleased to know that Microsoft has now fixed the issue.
This issue affects Windows 11 22H2 and note that the fix is present in the newly released preview build 25252. In other words, those testing the operating system now have access to the fix to put it through its paces and make sure everything is working correctly.
Of course, there will be a release version of Windows 11 at some point. As a beeping computer (opens in new tab) Ned Pyle, Microsoft’s senior program manager in the Windows Server Engineering Group, reportedly told us, “The final fix for the Windows 11 22H2 production machine will be made available in a regular monthly cumulative update through Windows Update once it’s released in Insider builds.” has been validated.”
The performance, which is significantly reduced when copying larger files — which simply means that copying takes much longer than it should, and could even take twice as long according to some reports — occurs “when copying larger files from a remote computer on a Windows 11 computer or when copying files to a local drive,” explained Pyle.
Pyle added that PCs on home networks or small offices are less likely to encounter this error, but it’s still possible, clarifying: “This issue is more likely to occur when copying files to Windows 11, version 22H2, from a network share via Server Message to Block (SMB), but the local file copy could also be affected.”
Analysis: We hope that the full release of the fix will not be long
Of course, this solution is more than welcome, as copying large files can be a painful waste of time without having to tap your fingers on the desktop twice as long as normal.
That said, it’s currently still in testing phase, so that won’t help those running the release version of Windows 11. When will the fix actually arrive on PCs in the real world? That’s a tough question, as it obviously depends on how the tests go.
What we do know, however, is that this won’t be here this month, as the December cumulative update has already been released (in preview) and is therefore too close on the horizon (it will be released in less than two weeks now). What we can hope for is a smooth path with testing, which means we’ll see this cure bundled with the Windows 11 January Update, which releases on January 10 – which is still not too far away.
We could of course always wait longer if testers discover any vagaries with the fix, or indeed other unforeseen issues introduced elsewhere (it wouldn’t be the first time a patch for an issue caused another bug like we did have seen it all in the past when Microsoft Bug plays Whack-a-Mole).
Microsoft has been busy fixing a slew of frustrating issues that have been affecting some segments of the Windows 11 user base lately. These include a nasty bug that caused gameplay to stutter, and a seriously thorny gremlin that half-broke some printers, not to mention a bug that slowed down the CPU.
Windows 11 is slowly but surely becoming a smoother experience in this regard, although in an ideal world we wouldn’t see as many major bugs.