Windows 11 adds ‘AI components’ page in Settings app

Microsoft will soon separate system apps with AI features on Windows 11 from the reset of the app with a new dedicated page in the System section.

Windows 11 AI components settings
Windows 11 AI components settings
  • The new “AI components” page will separate the system apps with AI-related features.
  • The page is in the “System” section, but it’s currently hidden from users on Windows 11 build 26016.
  • You can enable this page using the ViveTool on the latest preview in the Canary Channel.

Microsoft plans to add a new “AI components” page in the Settings app. Starting on Windows 11 build 26016, the Settings app hides a new “AI components” page that will house applications with AI-related features.

The settings page takes the same approach as the “System components” page that the company added with the release of version 23H2 to separate those components from the “Installed apps” page that are considered essential for the operating system. However, it appears that the company won’t be labeling them in other parts of the system, like the same system components.

The “AI components” page appears in the “System” section of the Settings app under the “System components” page. Currently, it includes a few apps, such as Game Bar, Get Help, Microsoft Store, Phone Link, and Windows Security. However, the page is still under development and hidden from users at the time of this writing.

If you are using build 26016 or a higher release, as noted by @phantomofearh in X, you can use the ViveTool with the vivetool /enable /id:47688503 command to enable the page.

System section on build 26016
System section on build 26016

The addition of this page is not a surprise as the company is betting big on AI, and in 2024, Microsoft plans to further implement AI on existing features, including Search, Live Captions, and Windows Shell, and new features like Timeline, Super Resolution, and more.

AI Components page on build 26016
AI Components page on build 26016

Microsoft was also experimenting with a new “Copilot for Windows” settings page in the “Personalization” section to manage the chatbot settings, but that page is currently unavailable (even as a hidden component).

It’s unclear when the “AI components” will roll out to users, but I assume this could be one of the changes expected to release the major fresh for 2024, which the company may or may not brand as “Windows 12.”

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