Revolutionary Windows 11: Simplifying USB4 Troubleshooting

Revolutionary Windows 11: Simplifying USB4 Troubleshooting

Windows 11 is set to revolutionize USB4 management on computers, making troubleshooting and usage a breeze With its advanced features, USB4 will be easier to manage on Windows, thanks to Microsoft's innovative approach

Revolutionary Windows 11: Simplifying USB4 Troubleshooting

USB4 is showing up on more computers each year, but its added features over USB 3 can be difficult to manage, especially on Windows. Microsoft is hoping to change that.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23419 has been released to the Dev Channel for Windows Insider testers, bringing with it a number of changes, including updates to the Print Screen key's functionality. In addition, the build features a new Settings page that specifically caters to USB4 hubs and devices, located at Bluetooth & devices > USB > USB4 Hubs and Devices. This new screen displays a full tree of all connected USB4 hubs and devices, providing detailed technical information and a list of each device's capabilities.

But why has Windows 11 introduced a specialized panel for USB4, rather than previous versions of USB? The answer lies in the fact that USB4 has more complex connections that can cause issues if the correct cable is not used or if there is a conflict with another connected device. With USB4 2.0, the newest iteration of the technology, speeds of up to 80 Gbps are supported. Additionally, some USB4 ports are also backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 3, allowing for external GPUs and other use cases that were not possible on USB 2 or 3.


Microsoft announced in a recent blog post that the USB4 technology will revolutionize docking, peripheral device connectivity, displays, and charging for improved productivity. The USB4 settings page offers a comprehensive overview of a system's USB4 capabilities and the peripherals attached to it. This feature is designed to aid in troubleshooting and provide users with the necessary support from their device manufacturer or system administrator. While the new Settings page will be available for all PCs supporting Microsoft USB4 Connection Manager, the timeline for its rollout to all Windows 11 PCs remains unclear.

Source: Windows Insider Blog