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New Windows Insider and HLK Builds Aim at Enhancing Hardware Compatibility

Microsoft fixes bugs preventing shutdown in Windows Insider Build 26085. This build also includes an updated Windows Hardware Lab Kit


Microsoft has unveiled Build 26085 to its Canary and Dev Windows Insider channels, focusing primarily on rectifying significant bugs rather than introducing new features. Among the critical issues addressed is a bug that previously hindered the system’s ability to shut down, sleep, or enter hibernation mode. Concurrently, Microsoft has issued an update for the Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK), also under the build number 26085, which is now accessible through the company’s official website.

Enhanced Hardware Compatibility and Certification

The latest iteration of the Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) is designed to facilitate hardware vendors and Microsoft partners in testing their products and drivers to ensure compatibility with Windows operating systems, including Windows 11 and 10. The HLK plays a crucial role in the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP), enabling products to achieve Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification. This certification is vital for manufacturers and developers aiming to verify that their hardware and drivers meet Microsoft’s standards for compatibility and reliability.

In a notable development, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) update for the HLK for version 23H2 in September 2023. Despite confirming that there would be no hardware compatibility changes from version 22H2 to 23H2, which resulted in the continuation of the 22H2 certification moniker, the company is now indicating a shift in its approach to hardware compatibility. Specifically, Microsoft is reported to be excluding support for older processors that do not support the PopCnt instruction, signaling a move towards modernizing the hardware ecosystem compatible with Windows.

Correction of Misleading Information

An error in the description of the latest HLK build, which mistakenly mentioned Windows 10 instead of the intended Windows version, was quickly acknowledged by Microsoft. The company has committed to correcting this oversight, reflecting its responsiveness to feedback and dedication to providing accurate information to its users and partners.

In summary, Microsoft’s latest updates to the Windows Insider and HLK builds underscore the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance system stability and hardware compatibility. By addressing significant bugs and refining the hardware certification process, Microsoft aims to ensure a seamless and efficient experience for both developers and end-users navigating the Windows ecosystem.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.