Windows 10 Version 1903 Causing GPU Issues on Surface Book 2

A number of Microsoft Surface Book 2 owners complain that the most recent Windows 10 feature update causes GPU performance issues on their devices.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or Windows 10 version 1903, reportedly causes the GPU unit on the Surface Book 2 to disconnect at random times, whether or not the latest drivers are installed.

Posts on reddit (via WL) and in other places like Microsoft’s own Feedback Hub confirm this isn’t an isolated problem. Microsoft, however, has remained completely tight-lipped on GPU issues at first glance Book 2 after updating to version 1903.

Just the Surface Book 2 using the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 seems to be impacted, as the video card keeps disconnecting, in turn causing various issues around the device.

Downgrading is the only option

Some owners reached out to Microsoft support for assistance, and in the majority of cases, the proposed solution would be a downgrade to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (the prior Windows 10 feature update). Indeed, users who hit this bug have no other option than to downgrade to Windows 10 version 1809, a minimum of until a fix is released.

In the meantime, it’s believed that Microsoft has already halted the rollout of Windows 10 May 2019 Update to some number of Surface Book 2 units, possibly to all models equipped with the dedicated graphics card. A message in Windows Update now indicates that the update isn’t ready with this device.

“The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is on its way. We’re offering this update to compatible devices, however your device isn’t quite ready for it. When your device is ready, you’ll see the update available on this page. There’s nothing you need to do at the moment,” the message in Windows Update reads.

To downgrade to Windows 10 version 1809, users will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 after which do as instructed on the screen.

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