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Microsoft continues to fine-tune and enhance the Windows 11 experience with each new build. The latest update, Windows 11 Build 25987, is now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel. This update introduces several changes and improvements that promise to make the Windows 11 experience even smoother and more user-friendly.


In this article, we will explore the key features, enhancements, and fixes that come with this latest build.


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 25987?
Windows 11 Insiders Preview Build 25987


  • Network Setup Simplification
  • App Installation Changes
  • Enhanced Settings Page
  • File Explorer Metadata Support
  • Fixes for Known Issues



What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 25987?

Changes and Improvements

Network Setup Simplification

During the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE), when setting up your Windows 11 device and there are no Wi-Fi drivers available, Windows 11 Build 25987 introduces a helpful option. Users will now see an "Install Drivers" button, allowing them to easily install previously downloaded drivers.


This change simplifies the setup process, ensuring that users can connect to their network without unnecessary hurdles, particularly useful for those using a clean ISO for Build 25977 and later.



App Installation Changes

A significant change with this update is that the Windows Maps and Movies & TV apps will no longer be automatically installed after a clean OS install. This streamlines the installation process and reduces the number of pre-installed apps.


However, for users in the Canary Channel who upgrade their system, these apps will not be removed, and they will remain accessible and updatable via the Microsoft Store. This shift towards more user control and customization is a welcomed improvement.



Enhanced Settings Page

Windows 11 Build 25987 has also improved the settings page for Delivery Optimization. This change can be found under Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization. The design now aligns with Windows 11's overall aesthetic, offering a more cohesive and visually appealing settings menu.


These changes make it easier for users to configure and optimize their update preferences, contributing to a more intuitive and user-friendly experience.



File Explorer Metadata Support

In this latest build, Windows 11 takes a step towards improving file management, specifically for PNG files. Now, you can view and edit metadata for PNG files within the File Explorer. This includes features such as setting star ratings, editing descriptions, or adding keywords. These enhancements streamline the organization and management of image files, making it easier for users to categorize and search for their media assets.


Fixes for Known Issues

As with any software update, Windows 11 Build 25987 addresses several known issues. Notably, this build resolves a problem that caused File Explorer to crash in Windows Sandbox when using a non-English display language. Such bug fixes demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to delivering a stable and reliable operating system for its users.


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