Microsoft adding a USB4 troubleshooting page to Windows 11

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 preview build that adds a new dedicated USB4 settings page and support for displaying seconds in the system tray clock.

These improvements are rolling out with the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23419 to the  flighting 23000 series builds.

“We are adding a USB4 hubs and devices Settings page for users under Settings > Bluetooth & devices > USB > USB4 Hubs and Devices,” Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc.

“USB4 enables new productivity scenarios for docking, high performance peripherals, displays and charging.”

On USB4 capable systems, the new Windows Settings USB4 page will allow users to:

  • View the tree of connected USB4 hubs and devices.
  • View attributes and capabilities associated with the USB4 domain.
  • Copy the details into the clipboard to share it with customer support or system administrators for troubleshooting.

The USB4 settings page will not be displayed in the Windows Settings application if the system doesn’t support USB4 with the Microsoft USB4 Connection Manager (check for a “USB4 Host Router” entry in the Device Manager to confirm).

Windows 11 USB4 settings page
Windows 11 USB4 settings page (Microsoft)

​The new USB4 settings page will allow users to troubleshoot and get access to detailed info about the capabilities of USB4 devices connected to their system.

“The USB4 settings page provides information about the system’s USB4 capabilities and attached peripherals on a USB4 capable system,” said Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc.

“These insights are meant to assist with troubleshooting in case users need support from their device manufacturer (OEM) or system administrator.”

This feature was  by Windows sleuth Albacore in the first Windows Canary build that rolled out on March 8 to Windows Insiders.

At the time, Redmond also announced that the same build would enable Local Security Authority (LSA) protection by default to defending against credential theft.