Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26016 Drops Just in Time for the Holidays

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26016

Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26016 to the Canary Channel. Microsoft announced that this flight will be the final release before the Windows product team steps into holidays. The product team has also released ISO for this build. Microsoft has also revealed that you could experience a download loop where the downloading of the build fails by throwing an 8024200D error. However, the download process will be successful and you should be able to install the new build.

Windows Protected Print Mode Support

The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26016 has introduced Windows Protected Print Mode. This mode enables your PC to exclusively print using the Windows modern print stack designed to work with Mopria-certified printers only. You need not have to depend on third-party software installers including additional security benefits with Mopria certified printers. The print devices will work in a safe and streamlined installation and printing process.

To enable Windows protected print mode, you should navigate to Start | Local Group Policy Editor. The next step is to navigate to Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Printers. You should then right-click on Configure Windows protected print and click Edit option. Finally, you should select the Enabled radio button and click Apply and OK buttons respectively.

Phone Link Renamed

The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26016 has added an icon to the Diagnose network problems module while right clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the Taskbar. The Phone Link settings page located under Settings | Bluetooth & device has been renamed to Mobile devices. You will find a new section to enable PC to access mobile devices. However, you will not find any noticeable options on the dashboard but you can expect more additions in a future flight.

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The Windows 11 Build 26016 has resolved an issue that causes incorrect rendering of WinRE. If the keyboard shortcuts are not working properly on the desktop, then the issue has been fixed. The flight has resolved an issue that causes the details pane in the File Explorer to unexpectedly capture keyboard focus.

If you are unable to save changes to shortcuts in the previous flight, then the issue has been fixed. The performance issues associated with the loading of Installed apps have been resolved. If the settings dashboard crashed while attempting to navigate to the System and reserved section located under System | Storage.

Microsoft disclosed that popular games will not work correctly on the recently released Windows Insider Preview builds in the Canary Channel. If your system is throwing print queue error messages, then the problem has been resolved. If you are having issues with the opening of Settings dashboard after the installation of the previous flight, then you have to go through the instructions provided by Microsoft. The company also revealed that there will be a Widgets loading delay when the Microsoft Start feed is reenabled.

The builds released to the Canary Channel are hot off the presses. The company will provide documentation only if there are any significant or impactful issues. If you would like to migrate to the Dev Channel after switching to the Canary Channel, you should reinstall Windows 11 completely.

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