- Microsoft accidentally leaked its internal tool to enable in-development features on Windows 11.
- It’s known as StagingTool, and it’s a command-line tool similar to the third-party ViveTool.
- Soon after the leak, the company removed the download link, but it’s already being shared on the internet.
Microsoft’s “StagingTool” is designed to enable the features the company is developing and keeps hidden on Insider preview builds of Windows 11 leaked by accident. The tool was discovered on a quest available through the Feedback Hub in the latest “bug bash” for the operating system.
The quest even included a link to download the StagingTool, but clearly, it was only meant for engineers and other internal testers. Since the tool became known, the company removed the StagingTool, but not before someone downloaded a copy that’s now being shared across the internet.
If you have ever used the ViveTool app to enable and manage hidden features still in production, the StagingTool will look familiar since it virtually provides the same capabilities but with some additional options, as you can see in the screenshot.
The StagingTool offers a command-line interface to manage features using “feature IDs,” which are the same IDs that can be used with the ViveTool, which Rafael Rivera updates and makes available through GitHub every time a new preview is released in the Windows Insider Program.
The reason behind this tool is for Microsoft to perform A/B testing to measure different metrics for specific features and changes. Also, the company hides certain components to prevent users from accessing features that are still rough and are not ready for testing. However, the StagingTool allows you to access the features without any restrictions officially, but of course, you always use the ViveTool third-party app to accomplish the same thing.
Since Microsoft isn’t officially making this tool available for everyone, it’s best to keep using the ViveTool app as it offers the same functionality and it’s available without restrictions.