Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 with Passkey Enhancements

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486

Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 to the Dev Channel. The latest update has improved the passkey experience for Windows users. You can now navigate to any app or website that provides support for passkeys. You will be able to create and sign in using passkeys with the Windows Hello native experience. You can make use of Windows Hello modules such as Face, Fingerprint, and Pin to login after the creation of passkey. Moreover, you can make use of smartphones to complete the application login process.

Passkeys Improvements

The first step is to navigate to a website that has enabled passkeys on Windows device. This includes bestbuy, ebay, and Google. You should create a passkey from your account settings dashboard. You should then sign out of your account and sign-in using your passkey. You have to follow the same steps if you attempt tp sign in using passkeys that have been saved on your phone. After the installation of the update, you will be able to view and delete passkeys that are saved for their favorite apps/websites from Windows settings. The update provides fundamental control to users over the management of passkeys saved on the Windows device.

If you navigate to Settings | Accounts | Passkeys, you will be able to view a list of all passkeys that are saved on your Windows device. You can now search and delete any passkey from the device. If you view the browser’s passkey UI, you should choose “Windows Hello or external security key” to enjoy the Windows native experience. You can do this on both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. You should try Google Chrome Canary to enjoy the latest experience., The Chrome Canary experience will be pushed into Microsoft Edge because of the Chromium-based build.

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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 Improvements

The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 has rolled back the Folder Options changes in File Explorer that are introduced with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23481. Microsoft revealed that they test new experiences and gather feedback. The required adjustments will be made based on the feedback. Microsoft has classified Dev Home as an inbox app and can be located via Start | All apps | Windows Tools. The Dynamic Lighting new effects such as Wave, Wheel, and Gradient can be navigated via Settings | Personalization | Dynamic Lighting. The Unicode Emoji 15 that started to roll out with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23475 is now available to all Dev Channel Windows Insiders.

Microsoft has improved the user experience when changing time zones. This includes cases of low confidence in location data. A warning message will be displayed to the user, which urges them to enable location settings to ensure accurate time zone adjustments. This will display only if location settings are disabled. The warning provides useful information to the user. You can navigate to Settings | Time & language | Date & time.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486

Bug fixes

The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 has resolved an issue where the “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” will toggle off in Settings. Moreover, the device LEDs will not be activated automatically. If a blank window with the title “Windows Input Experience is displayed after resuming the device from the sleep, then the issue has been resolved. If the Windows 11 login screen crashes when trying to establish connectivity with certain password types, then the issue has been resolved. The issue pertaining to Task Manager has been resolved. The alignment problem of Task Manager icon and name in the title bar has been fixed. If you right click the empty space in the Details page, then it will not display the option to create live kernel memory dumps.

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Microsoft made enhancements to Passkeys with this build. The Passkeys enable you to replace passwords when you sign into a website or app that supports its usage. The advantage of Passkeys are phish-resistant, recoverable, and faster for users.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at