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How to Fully Disable Copilot on Windows 11

Windows 11 has a new AI (Artificial intelligence) feature called Copilot. Copilot is a chatbot built with the same technology as ChatGPT. It can answer complex questions, help you summarize news, recent events, and articles, write your emails, etc. It can even help you customize basic Windows settings. While useful in many ways, there might be situations where you don’t want to use it or have the feature active on your system.

For example, if you are in a school or office environment or if you have privacy concerns regarding the AI feature, you might not want to use Windows Copilot. Whatever the reason, this tutorial shows you two ways to primary ways disable Copilot on Windows 11. Once disabled, you will no longer see it on the taskbar or be able to access it.

Let’s get started.

Disable Copilot from Group Policy Editor

Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise users can enable the ‘Turn off Windows Copilot’ policy to disable the new AI chatbot. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Launch the Group Policy window. You can use the run command gpedit.msc or search for Edit Group Policy in the Start menu.

gpedit run command to open group policy editor

Step 2: Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates folder.

Step 3: Under it, click on the Windows Components > Windows Copilot folder.

Step 4: Open the “Turn off Windows Copilot” policy by double-clicking on it.

Step 5: Choose the Enabled radio option and click OK.

Step 6: Close all open windows.

Step 7: Restart your computer.

Note: If you don’t want to restart right now, open Terminal as admin and run the gpupdate /force command. It will force update the Windows policy settings.

After the system has been restarted, Copilot is fully disabled and you will not see the taskbar icon. The copilot options in the Settings app are also disabled and you will see the “Some settings are managed by your administrator” message at the top.

Disable Copilot from Registry Editor

Windows 11 Home users need to create a new DWORD value called TurnOffWindowsCopilot and set its value data to 1 to turn off Copilot on Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Press the start icon on the taskbar.

Step 2: Type Registry Editor and click on the top result.

open registry editor from Start menu Windows 11

Step 3: Paste the below path in the registry address and press the Enter key.


Step 4: On the WindowsCopilot folder, right-click.

Step 5: Choose the New > DWORD option.

Step 6: Use TurnOffWindowsCopilot as the value name.

Step 7: Right-click on the TurnOffWindowsCopilot value.

Step 8: Choose Modify.

Step 9: Change the value data from 0 to 1 and click Ok.

Step 10: Close the Registry window and restart your computer.

Once you make the registry change as described in the steps above and restart your computer, Windows Copilot is fully disabled. Just as with the Group Policy method, you will no longer see the taskbar icon and the settings app will show the “Some settings are managed by your administrator” message at the top of the Copilot settings page.

I hope this small tutorial helped you turn off the Copilot feature on Windows 11.

If you are stuck or need help, send an email, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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3 thoughts on “How to Fully Disable Copilot on Windows 11”

  1. Avatar for Soneone

    Just run this oneliner from CMD as admin:
    reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsCopilot /v TurnOffWindowsCopilot /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

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