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You Can Now Try Out Windows Copilot in Windows 11; Here’s a First Look!

Microsoft has recently launched the first preview of Windows Copilot on the Windows 11 Dev channel with Build 23493. This feature aims to bring deep and integrated AI experiences to Windows 11, allowing users to interact with their PCs in a more natural and conversational manner.

What is Windows Copilot?

Windows Copilot is an AI-powered feature in Windows 11 that allows users to interact with their PCs using natural language. It brings deep and integrated AI experiences to Windows 11, making it easier to change settings, get help, and perform tasks on your PC.

Windows Copilot

How can I use Windows Copilot on Windows 11?

To use Windows Copilot on Windows 11, you need to ensure that your PC is enrolled in the Dev channel of the Windows 11 Insider program. The Copilot feature is available on build 23493 or later. Additionally, it is recommended to have Microsoft Edge 115 installed on your PC. If Copilot is not enabled by default, you can force enable it using ViVeTool.

Requirements to Use Windows Copilot:

  1. Your PC needs to be enrolled in the Dev channel of the Windows 11 Insider program. Windows Copilot is available on build 23493 or later, so make sure your system is updated to the latest Dev build.
  2. It’s recommended to have Microsoft Edge 115 installed on your PC. The 23493 build automatically installs the Beta version of Edge (version 115), so manual installation is not required. However, if Copilot doesn’t appear on your system, ensure that you have installed Edge from the Beta or Dev channel.
  3. Windows Copilot is not enabled by default for all users. Only a few users have the feature enabled out of the box. If you don’t have it enabled, you will likely need ViVeTool to enable the hidden Windows Copilot feature. You can download ViVeTool from the given link.

How to Enable Windows Copilot:

Checking If Windows Copilot is Enabled on Windows 11:

  1. Assuming that you have updated your PC to the latest Windows 11 Dev Build (23493 or later), check if Windows Copilot is already enabled on your system by looking for the Copilot icon in the Taskbar.
  2. If the icon is not present, right-click on the Taskbar and open “Taskbar settings.”
  3. In the Taskbar settings, you should find a Copilot (preview) toggle. Enable it. If Copilot still doesn’t appear, proceed to the next section to force enable Copilot on Windows 11.

How to Force Enable Windows Copilot on Windows 11:

If Windows Copilot is not enabled on the latest Dev build, you can use ViVeTool to force enable it. Here are the steps:

  1. Extract ViVeTool to a folder.
  2. Right-click on the extracted folder and select “Copy as path.”
  3. Open Command Prompt or Windows Terminal with Administrator privilege by searching for “cmd” or “terminal” in Windows Search, right-clicking on it, and choosing “Run as administrator.”
  4. In the Command Prompt, type “cd” and paste the path you copied in the previous step. Note that the file path will be different on your PC. For example:
    cd “C:UsersYourUsernameDownloadsViVeTool-v0.3.3”
  5. Once you are in the ViVeTool folder, run the following commands one by one. The ViVeTool IDs have been provided by Rafael on Twitter:
    vivetool /enable /id:44774629
    vivetool /enable /id:44850061
    vivetool /enable /id:44776738
    vivetool /enable /id:42105254
    vivetool /enable /id:41655236
  6. Restart your PC after running the commands.
  7. Windows Copilot should now be enabled on your Windows 11 PC, and you should see a Copilot icon in the Taskbar.
  8. If the icon is still missing or clicking on it doesn’t do anything, open Taskbar settings and turn off/on the Copilot toggle.
  9. Windows Copilot should now work fine from the Taskbar. You can also press “Windows + C” to open Copilot instantly. Ensure that you have an active internet connection to use Copilot.

What can Windows Copilot do on Windows 11?

In my brief testing of Windows Copilot in its current state, I found it to be quite similar to the Bing Sidebar in Edge. However, Copilot is available system-wide, allowing users to interact with it anywhere in the OS. While both Copilot and Bing Sidebar are powered by Edge’s Webview window, Copilot can also perform local system actions using natural language.

Copilot can perform local actions such as taking screenshots, toggling dark mode, turning on/off “do not disturb,” and more. It also has the ability to generate text for various use cases, including stories, poems, emails, and other written content. This makes it a valuable tool for students and professionals.

However, it’s important to note that Copilot does not perform all local actions by itself. In some cases, it returns options that you can click on to change the settings immediately. Additionally, it can read the current webpage and provide in-context answers, similar to the Bing Sidebar. However, this functionality only works for Edge tabs and not for other browsers such as Chrome.

One limitation of Copilot is that it doesn’t work with PDF or text files opened using other programs. However, you can upload documents to ChatGPT to ask questions. It would have been great if Microsoft integrated a voice button to interact with Windows Copilot through voice, considering that it aims to replace Cortana.

Overall, in its current form, Windows Copilot may seem unimpressive to some. However, it’s important to remember that this is just the first preview of Copilot, and Microsoft is likely to add more local actions and features in the future. With further development, Copilot has the potential to become a powerful and essential tool for Windows 11 users.

FAQ

Q: What is Windows Copilot?

A: Windows Copilot is an AI-powered feature in Windows 11 that allows users to interact with their PCs using natural language. It brings deep and integrated AI experiences to Windows 11, making it easier to change settings, get help, and perform tasks on your PC.

Q: How can I use Windows Copilot on Windows 11?

A: To use Windows Copilot on Windows 11, you need to ensure that your PC is enrolled in the Dev channel of the Windows 11 Insider program. The Copilot feature is available on build 23493 or later. Additionally, it is recommended to have Microsoft Edge 115 installed on your PC. If Copilot is not enabled by default, you can force enable it using ViVeTool.

Q: Can Windows Copilot perform local system actions?

A: Yes, Windows Copilot can perform local system actions such as taking a screenshot, toggling dark mode, enabling or disabling “do not disturb,” and more. It can also generate text for various use cases, making it a versatile tool for different user needs.

Q: Does Windows Copilot work with other browsers?

A: Windows Copilot primarily works with Microsoft Edge. It can read the current webpage and provide in-context answers, similar to the Bing Sidebar. However, this functionality is limited to Edge tabs and does not work with other browsers like Chrome.

Q: Can I use Windows Copilot with PDF or text files?

A: No, Windows Copilot does not work with PDF or text files opened using other programs. However, you can upload documents to ChatGPT, another AI-powered tool, to ask questions and gather information.

Q: What are the limitations of Windows Copilot in its current state?

A: In its current state, Windows Copilot may have some limitations. It does not perform all local actions by itself and sometimes returns options that the user needs to click on to change the settings. Additionally, it lacks integration with voice commands, which would enhance the user experience.

Q: Will Windows Copilot receive further updates and improvements?

A: Yes, Windows Copilot is still in the preview stage, and Microsoft is likely to add more features and improve its functionality based on user feedback. As Windows 11 evolves, we can expect Windows Copilot to become more powerful and refined.

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