Windows 11 build 26063 adds official support for Wi-Fi 7

Microsoft brings support for multi-gigabit wireless speeds in the latest preview of Windows 11.

Windows 11 build 26063 install
Windows 11 build 26063 install / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • The operating system now supports Wi-Fi 7, which brings wireless speeds of over 40 Gbps.
  • Build 26063 also updates Copilot with more actions to manage settings and features.
  • This flight also addresses various problems and ships with new known issues.

Build 26063 for Windows 11 is now rolling out in the Canary Channel of the Windows Insider Program with support for Wi-Fi 7 and many fixes.

According to the official changes, Windows 11 build 26063 brings official support for Wi-Fi 7, the next generation of wireless technology that promises significant improvements in speed, capacity, and latency over previous generations. This flight also improves Copilot, temporarily turns off some features, and rolls out various fixes.

The company is also making the update KB5036082 (build 26058.1300) available for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel. The update doesn’t contain anything new. The company is rolling out to test the servicing of version 24H2 (2024 Update). Furthermore, devices with Virtualization Based Security (VBS) turned on will receive the build 26058.1400 (KB5036080) instead.

Windows 11 build 26063 new changes and fixes

In a nutshell, Wi-Fi 7 (also referred to as IEEE 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT)) is based on Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, and it offers a theoretical maximum speed of over 40 Gbps. Significantly faster than the 9.6 Gbps of Wi-Fi 6. (It’s important to remember that these are theoretical speeds; in real-world scenarios, they’re much lower.)

Some of the most important features available on Wi-Fi 7 include:

  • Multi-link operation allows devices to use multiple bands (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz) simultaneously for improved performance and reliability.
  • It utilizes 320 MHz channels, twice the size of the channels used in Wi-Fi 6, allowing more data to be transmitted in a single packet.
  • Supports 4096 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), which can encode more data into each symbol. In contrast, Wi-Fi 6 only supports 1024-QAM.
  • Multi-RU (Multi-user Resource Unit) allows multiple devices to transmit and receive data simultaneously on the same channel, improving efficiency and reducing congestion.

In other words, support for Wi-Fi 7 on Windows 11 means multi-gigabit wireless speeds with significantly lower latency, better reliability, efficiency, and power management.

The computer will need a Wi-Fi 7 network card and a supported access point to access this new networking support. Of course, internet speeds will depend on your service plan.

Microsoft also notes that Copilot has additional new actions to help you manage settings and features on Windows 11.

The company is also temporarily turning off the Copilot action menu previously unveiled on build 26052 and the Widgets improvements from build 26058.

Fixes for build 26063

These are the fixes rolling out with the February 22 preview:

Networking and system updates

  • VPN Connectivity: Resolved the problem where the network icon showed no internet connection when using some VPNs, even though the connection was active.
  • Windows Update History: Addressed the issue with build 26063 not being listed under Settings > Windows Update > Update history.

Stability and Performance Enhancements

  • DWM crash: Corrected a frequently occurring DWM crash noted in recent builds.
  • Audio device setup: Fixed a plug-and-play issue impacting audio device setup in the last two builds.

Interface and experience improvements

  • Settings Search: Resolved a bug preventing complete results from loading when typing quickly in the Settings search box.
  • Touchpad gesture compatibility: Fixed an issue with the three-finger touchpad gesture for the middle mouse click not working in some apps.
  • Multi-monitor window placement: Addressed a problem causing opened minimized windows to appear on the wrong monitor for users with multiple monitors.
  • Taskbar improvements:
    • Fixed a bug causing the taskbar clock to stop updating.
    • Resolved an issue where taskbar icons shifted unexpectedly under the mouse.

Other fixes

  • ALT + Space window move option: Corrected behavior where windows would resize instead of moving when using the Move option with the “ALT + Space” keyboard shortcut.
  • Location settings persistence: Fixed resetting the “Notify when apps request location” setting under Privacy & Security > Location after a reboot.
  • Windows Update page flashing messages: Addressed the issue, causing messages to flash too quickly to read on the Windows Update page in Settings.

Finally, Microsoft also notes various known issues regarding gaming, Dev Drive, graphics, installation, mouse, File Explorer, and more.

Install build 26063

To download and install the Windows 11 build 26063, enroll your device in the Canary Channel through the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section. Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download the build from the “Windows Update” settings by clicking the “Check for Updates” button.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].