Microsoft Is Separating Windows AI Elements Control With “AI Components” Settings Page

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Key Points

  • The “AI Components” Settings page is still experimental and can be enabled on Windows 11 Build 26016 (and higher) by running the ViveTool command “vivetool /enable /id:47688503” in the Command Prompt.
  • This page can be accessed from Settings > System > AI Components (when enabled).
  • The “AI Components” page brings the AI-related app controls and removes them from the “Installed apps” section.

Just like the introduction of the “System Components” settings page in Windows 11 23H2, which separated the regular Windows apps from the system-critical applications, Microsoft is also planning to separate the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-related apps from the normal apps. For this purpose, the company is introducing the “AI Components” page.

With the release of Windows 11 Build 26016 on the Windows Canary channel, Microsoft rolled out a hidden gem that introduced the “AI Components” page in the Settings app, in the “System” tab. On this page, users can find applications like the Game Bar, Microsoft Store, Phone Link, and some other apps that are soon to incorporate AI-enabled features. However, this feature will most likely make its way to the stable release soon.

That said, the “AI Components” page is still experimental, meaning it is not visible by default. Instead, you must make a minor tweak to enable it using ViveTool – a third-party open-source tool used to modify hidden Windows features.

Future of AI in Windows OS

Microsoft has already integrated ChatGPT and other AI models in several areas of the Windows OS, which include the Copilot, Microsoft Edge, Skype, Paint, Photos, and others. It also plans to bring similar abilities to other tools and software.

Additionally, the rumors are that the next major Windows version, which will likely be Windows 12, will be filled with AI features. For that, Microsoft will likely introduce more AI-powered tools and utilities to Windows 11, and hopefully to Windows 10 as well, starting with the Insider channels.

This approach will lead to major improvements in Windows 12 as compared to its predecessors, and users will be able to perform a plethora of AI-enabled tasks using the native Windows tools and apps.

That said, the advancement and integration of artificial intelligence on the Windows platform raises some security and privacy concerns. AI relies on constant data feeding to develop its algorithm and act as humans would, for which it needs personal human data. Since AI will be integrated directly into Windows, it would be easier for the technology behind AI to fetch your data; not only the one you feed to it, but also in the background.

How to enable hidden “AI Components” Settings page

The hidden “AI Components” settings page was first spotted and announced by PhantomOcean3 on X (formerly Twitter). In his announcement, he discovered a hidden page and also showed us how to enable this hidden “AI Components” page.

The steps to enable the feature are not very clear, which is why I have given a step-by-step guide below for you to enable this hidden page:

  1. Begin by making sure that you are subscribed to the Canary channel and that Windows 11 Build 26016 (or later) is installed. To confirm your OS build, run the following command in the Run Command box.

    Confirm Windows 11 Build 26016 is installed
    Confirm Windows 11 Build 26016 is installed
  2. Next, open GitHub and download the ViveTool Zip file by clicking on it.

    Download ViVeTool
    Download ViVeTool
  3. Right-click the downloaded file and click “Extract all” to extract the contents.

    Extract ViveTool
    Extract ViveTool
  4. Once extracted, copy the folder location.

  5. Press the Windows Key + R keys to open the Run Command box .

  6. Type in “cmd” and press the CTRL + Shift + Enter keys to run the Command Prompt with administrative rights.

  7. Use the “CD” cmdlet to change the directory to the extracted Vivetool folder using the copied path, as shown below:

    CD /d [PathToExtractedFolder]
    Change directory to extracted ViveTool folder
    Change directory to extracted ViveTool folder
  8. Now run the following command to show the “AI Components” Settings page:

    vivetool /enable /id:47688503
    Enable the AI Components Settings page
    Enable the “AI Components” Settings page

After performing the steps above, you can find the new hidden page at the following path:

Settings > System > AI Components
AI Components page successfully activated
“AI Components” page successfully activated

Inside this page, you will find AI-related applications that have been separated from the apps available in the “Installed apps” settings page.

The AI Components Settings page
The “AI Components” Settings page

In case you do not want this page, you can disable it with the following command:

vivetool /disable /id:47688503

Ending thoughts

The “AI components” settings page will likely find its way to the stable channel. However, whether will it be a part of Windows 11 or Windows 12 is yet to be confirmed.

One thing is certain you must now navigate to this page to handle AI-related features. From this page, you will be able to modify, disable, and delete them if needed.

One thing worth mentioning is that Microsoft may have introduced the new Settings page to make the Windows OS compliant with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), so that Copilot and other AI features can be managed by the user, as a requirement for the European Union (EU).

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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