The new Wi-Fi 7 standard, which is expected to be introduced no later than 2024, promises significantly faster wireless network speeds. Unfortunately, many Windows users probably won’t benefit from this.

Wi-Fi 7 will provide wireless data transmission speeds of up to 46 gigabits per second, while the current Wi-Fi 6 standard offers only 9.6 gigabits per second. The new technology is set to hit the market by the end of 2023, at the latest within the following year. Sadly, PC users who haven’t transitioned to Windows 11 probably won’t be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi 7, according to claims made by user X chi11eddog, citing an internal document from Intel, the chip manufacturer.

Windows 10 lacks support for the Wi-Fi 7 standard due to a lack of appropriate drivers. Intel is offering the new technology exclusively for Windows 11, Linux, and ChromeOS systems. Chip manufacturers like MediaTek and Qualcomm are also not promising support for Wi-Fi 7 in Windows 10. This is bitter news for users of this system because the 802.11be standard promises to revolutionize wireless networks, especially with its use of the 6 gigahertz frequency band and doubling of channel width to 320 megahertz.

There are still many computers that cannot be updated to Windows 11. However, it can already be predicted that Windows 10 users will soon lag behind, as Microsoft plans to end support for this operating system on October 14, 2025.

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