In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the steps required to safely and effectively remove Copilot from your Windows 11 computer. Microsoft’s introduction of Copilot with the latest Windows 11 update has sparked curiosity and interest among users. However, for those who find it unnecessary or wish to conserve system resources, removing Copilot is a viable option.

Understanding Copilot

Before we embark on the removal process, let’s briefly understand what Copilot is. Copilot is an AI-powered assistant integrated into Windows 11, harnessing technology similar to ChatGPT and powered by Bing Chat, complemented by third-party plugins. It offers a wide array of features, including summarizing web pages, content generation, graphic art creation, action execution, and customization of settings. While it enhances the user experience, it can be resource-intensive for certain users, prompting them to explore the option of removal.

Method 1: Utilizing the Group Policy Editor

For Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education Users

If you are using one of these editions of Windows 11, you can employ the Group Policy Editor to disable Copilot.

  1. Open Group Policy Editor
    • Search for “gpedit.msc” in the Windows search bar or Run command and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to Copilot Settings
    • In the Group Policy Editor window, go to the following location:
    sqlCopy codeUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Copilot
  3. Turn off Windows Copilot
    • Locate the “Turn off Windows Copilot” policy on the right-side pane, double-click it, select “Enabled,” and click “Apply” and “OK.”
    This action will hide the Copilot button from the taskbar, without the need for a system restart.

Method 2: Using the Registry Editor

For Windows 11 Home Edition Users or If Method 1 Fails

If you have Windows 11 Home Edition or if Method 1 didn’t work for you, you can proceed with the Registry Editor method.

  1. Open Registry Editor
    • Type “regedit” in the Start menu and select “Registry Editor” from the results.
  2. Navigate to the Registry Path
    • Copy and paste or navigate to the following location in the Registry Editor:
      • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Create ‘WindowsCopilot’ Directory
    • If you do not find the “WindowsCopilot” directory, create it manually. Right-click on the “Windows” directory in the left pane, select “New,” and choose “Key.” Rename the new directory to “WindowsCopilot.”
  4. Create Registry Entry
    • With the “WindowsCopilot” folder selected, right-click on the right pane, select “New” > “DWORD (32-bit) Value,” and name it “TurnOffWindowsCopilot.” Double-click on it and set its value to 1, then click “OK.”
  5. Restart Your Computer
    • After making these changes in the registry editor, restart your computer to apply the modifications.

Following these steps, you will successfully remove Microsoft Copilot from your Windows 11 PC. The Copilot option will no longer appear in the Settings app or on the Taskbar.

Hiding Copilot from the Taskbar

If you prefer to keep Copilot installed but hidden from the Taskbar, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Taskbar settings.”
  2. Under “Taskbar items,” find the Copilot toggle and switch it off.This will hide the Copilot button from the taskbar, while Copilot continues to run in the background, accessible by pressing the Windows+C shortcut keys.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it safe to remove Copilot from Windows 11?

Yes, it is entirely safe to remove Copilot if you find it unnecessary for your computing needs.

Can I reinstall Copilot after removing it?

Certainly, you can reinstall Copilot by following the same installation steps you initially used.

Will removing Copilot improve system performance?

Removing Copilot may free up system resources, potentially improving performance, especially on older or resource-constrained computers.

Is there an alternative to Copilot for Windows 11 users?

Yes, for similar AI-powered functionalities, you can utilize Bing Chat within the Edge browser, offering a comparable experience.