No, Oculus is not compatible with Windows 11. The Oculus explicitly mentions that it doesn’t currently support Windows 11. However, some users have had no issues using Oculus on Windows 11, while others have had various issues with Oculus on Windows 11. Next, we’ll discuss the solutions for issues with these Oculus computers after upgrading to Windows 11 and let you use Oculus smoothly on Windows 11 based computers.
Oculus computer stuttering after updating to Windows 11
A large number of Oculus users experience stuttering on Windows 11-based computers. But there is no stutter problem on Windows 10. If users downgrade to Windows 10, the stuttering problem will resolve itself. Therefore, we speculate that Windows 11 is not compatible with Oculus. Moreover, the stuttering problem seriously affects the user experience.
Windows 11 doesn’t seem to allow Oculus to use available system resources. Windows 11 treats Oculus as a non-priority app or non-essential service. Therefore, it does not allow Oculus to use resources in the background. You may experience issues with Oculus on Windows 11 when:
- when you use virtual desktops
- when you use the air link
- When using a normal link for virtual reality
Workaround for Oculus on Windows 11
The solution for most users facing the incompatibility between Oculus and Windows 11 is to downgrade to Windows 10. The consensus was that a natural upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 could result in a less than ideal experience between the Oculus and Windows 11 operating systems. This makes it possible for us to use a dual-boot configuration with a clean install of Windows 11 and an existing Windows 10 operating system. This workaround may or may not work.
- Clean install of Windows 11 on a separate SSD. We do recommend that you might consider a clean install with an NVMe SSD.
- After a clean install of Windows 11, install Oculus.
- Now test Oculus performance on a clean install of Windows 11
- You may not experience stutter when using Oculus on such a system.
Another workaround for Oculus on Windows 11
There are other ways to allow users to play Oculus on Windows 11. This manual workaround has been used by many users and proven to be effective. The detailed steps are as follows:
- Launch the Oculus Tray Tool on your computer.
- Open the Services tab on the Oculus Tray Tool.
- Select the option to toggle the visibility of the console window
- This brings the Oculus service to the foreground, giving it more resources. You will also see a popup on the screen. It’s there for as long as you use Oculus.
To remove an Oculus service from the foreground and demote it to the background, you need to use the Oculus Tray Tool and close the Oculus Services window.
How to fix Oculus won’t install on Windows 11
Some users may be unable to install Oculus on Windows 11. If Windows 11 doesn’t recognize that the Oculus software is safe, then Windows 11 stops the installation of Oculus. Windows 11 enforces driver signature verification. Windows 11 doesn’t seem to clear the Oculus installer files. Another possible reason could be that the Oculus installation is blocked by the Windows Defender software.
Therefore, you can disable driver integrity checking for the Oculus software. However, this method is not recommended as it may cause unintended consequences on your Windows 11 computer.
We recommend waiting for Oculus to work with Windows 11 to resolve compatibility issues. Until then, the preferred method should be to use Oculus on Windows 10.
Oculus is not compatible with Windows 11. Therefore, in order to ensure the Oculus experience, we recommend using the Windows 10 operating system until Oculus works with Microsoft to resolve compatibility issues. Alternatively, you can follow one of the manual fixes for Oculus above. This may allow Oculus to work on Windows 11 based computers. But doing so may lead to unexpected situations.