AI chatbots and assistants are rapidly finding their way into nearly every software product and service. One recent example is Windows, where Bing Chat AI has been integrated through a feature known as “Copilot.” While some users may find this feature appealing, others may prefer not to have an AI bot silently observing their computing and browsing activities.
Therefore, we’ll guide you on how to deactivate Copilot in Windows using registry key scripts or PowerShell commands, simplifying the process beyond what Microsoft offers natively.
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In the most recent Windows update, Microsoft is gradually introducing Copilot for Windows, an “AI-powered intelligent assistant designed to provide answers and inspiration from the web, facilitate creativity and collaboration, and assist in task management.”
It is built upon Bing Chat and ChatGPT technologies and, once installed, can be accessed by clicking the taskbar icon or pressing the Windows Key+C. Once opened, Windows Copilot remains accessible until you manually close it, making it convenient to switch between your work and Copilot as needed.
While you might not have access to this feature immediately, it will eventually become available. If you wish to prevent encountering this feature altogether, Microsoft currently provides an option to hide the icon from the taskbar.
Fortunately, there is also a method to deactivate Windows Copilot using a specific key in the Windows registry. To do this, follow the steps below to disable Windows Copilot:
- Open a PowerShell window with administrator privileges.
- Search for “Windows PowerShell” and right-click on the search result, then choose “Run as administrator.”
- Click “Yes” when prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) dialog box.
- Now you have to paste the following text:
- reg add HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsCopilot /v “TurnOffWindowsCopilot” /t REG_DWORD /f /d 1
- If you have access to the feature, click on the Copilot taskbar icon or press the Windows Key+C. At this point, everything should vanish, and you can then close Copilot.
We understand that executing these commands may be somewhat intricate. Therefore, you also have the option to download registry scripts we’ve created and uploaded to GitHub. These scripts can be executed to implement the required adjustments with minimal interaction, typically limited to clicking “Yes” or “No.”
Additionally, we’ve included a script on GitHub to re-enable Windows Copilot should you decide to do so later on.
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If Windows Copilot isn’t your preference, disabling it doesn’t have to be a cumbersome process with our provided commands or registry scripts. On the other hand, if you are a Windows Copilot enthusiast, we’d love to hear how you integrate this AI into your workflow. Share your thoughts in the comments below!