When Microsoft Copilot finally began rolling out to Windows 11 in late September 2023, it was met with mixed reviews. There are certainly ways that Copilot improves the Windows experience, but Microsoft has also let Copilot down in several ways.
If you’re tired of seeing Copilot all the time, you can remove its icon from the taskbar just like you would any other app. Or, if you never want to use Copilot or don’t want AI technology on your computer, you can completely remove Copilot from Windows 11 in just a few steps.
How to remove Copilot on Windows 11 Home
Anyone using a non-Pro version of Windows 11 will need to follow this method to disable Windows Copilot. You’ll need to use Registry Editor on your computer, which is a slightly advanced process, so proceed at your own risk and stop if you ever feel overwhelmed.
1. Click in the search box at the bottom of your screen and type “Registry Editor”.
2. Open the Registry Editor application. If the User Account Control box appears and asks you to allow the app to make changes to your device, select Yes.
3. With the Registry Editor application open, click the navigation bar at the top, delete the existing text and copy it to the following string: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
Press Enter to end the navigation.
4. From this screen, select To modify in the top menu, then choose New > Key and type “WindowsCopilot” when prompted to name it.
5. Select To modify Again. This time choose New > DWORD (32 bits) and type “TurnOffWindowsCopilot” when prompted to name it.
6. Double-click “TurnOffWindowsCopilot” to open a menu. Put it on Value data to 1 and make sure the Base is set to Hexadecimal.
7. Go to the navigation bar again and delete the existing navigation string. Then copy: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
Paste it into the navigation bar and tap Enter.
8. From this new screen, repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 to add a new key “WindowsCopilot” and a DWORD value “TurnOffWindowsCopilot” (32-bit).
9. Restart your computer to finalize the changes. When your computer turns back on, Windows Copilot should be removed.
How to disable Copilot in Windows 11 Pro
If your computer is running Windows 11 Pro, the process of removing Copilot is much simpler because you can use the Group Policy Editor to do so.
1. In the search bar at the bottom of your screen, type “Group Policy Editor”.
2. Click Edit Group Policy to open the Group Policy Editor.
3. In the menus, double-click User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Copilot.
4. Double-click Disable Windows Copilot to modify it. Click the button next to Enabled in the upper left corner and tap ALL RIGHT at the bottom of the screen to finalize your changes.
Once all steps are completed, Windows Copilot will be disabled on your system and its icon will be removed from the taskbar.
In the future, you might decide to reconsider your decision to disable Copilot on your computer, especially if Microsoft potentially adds a Copilot key to the Windows keyboard. All you need to do is delete the DWORD keys and values you created during this process.