Activate Windows Co-pilot on lower Windows builds :-)

Activate Windows Co-pilot on lower Windows builds :-)

Fun with Registry

Microsoft have teased Windows Co-Pilot for Windows and are in the process of phasing out Cortana (RIP)

The problem is, as of now, Co-pilot is being released in a phased manner across limited regions and if I open my Taskbar settings, I don't see an option to turn on Co-pilot

As always, most Windows settings are just registry entries and we can actually manually enable Co-pilot. For that

  1. Ensure your Windows Version is up - to - date

  2. Ensure you open up Windows Store - Library and update all components - this will update Edge and other components

  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Copilot\BingChat and just change the value of IsUserEligible to 1

You should now see an option to toggle Co-Pilot on your taskbar settings

On toggling and giving it a minute, you should now see the Co-Piot icon on the taskbar next to the start menu

The Co-pilot screen should look like this

Caveats

Windows will actually revert back the Registry entry on logout/reboot - coz ofcourse they will :-)

The solution, just go back into Regedit and manually change the value back. Better still, just have a Registry-Fix file created which you can doubleclick and merge the key into Registry everytime you log in :-)

For people interested, you can just open notepad and type/copy and paste the below and save it as a .reg file

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Copilot\BingChat /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Or even this reg entry should work

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Copilot\BingChat]
"IsUserEligible"=dword:00000001

Or you could just download the file from here (clean file - pinky promise!)

For running the fix, just save the file on your desktop or wherever, and run it. You will get a prompt to merge the contents - which should look like this

That's it folks! Till next time

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