Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune and GPO

Learn how to turn off the Copilot on Windows using Microsoft Intune (Settings Catalog and Policy CSP) and Group Policy.

Prajwal Desai
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How to Disable Windows Copilot using Intune

In this article, we will show you how to disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune and Group Policy (GPO). We will use the ‘Intune policy CSP‘, ‘Settings Catalog‘, and the ‘Turn off Windows Copilot‘ GPO to completely disable the Copilot on Windows 11.

Our earlier article demonstrated two manual methods to remove Copilot from taskbar in Windows 11. You can disable the copilot feature on Windows 11 using group policy, the registry, and manual methods in addition to using Intune and GPO.

Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 Moment 4 update, which brings over 150 new features, including the new Microsoft Copilot and AI-powered versions of Paint, Clip Champ, and Snipping tool. After installing this update, a Copilot icon was added to your Windows 11 taskbar.

If you don’t want your enterprise users to use Copilot on Windows 11, you can turn it off using the Intune policy or Group Policy. This applies to Windows devices that are enrolled in Intune.

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Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11

The policy configuration service provider enables the enterprise to configure policies on Windows 10 and Windows 11. When you want to use device settings and features that are not built into Intune, custom profiles are ideal. They are helpful when you cannot push settings via the Settings catalog. The custom profiles include features and settings that you can control on your organization’s devices.

The below table shows the Intune policy CSP with which you can either enable or disable Copilot on Windows 11. The TurnOffWindowsCopilot policy setting allows you to manage Copilot on Windows 11 via Intune.

Intune CSP Policy for Managing CopilotSetting
CSP (user)./User/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/WindowsAI/TurnOffWindowsCopilot
Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11

TurnOffWindowsCopilot

In Intune, you can enable or disable the Copilot on Windows 11 by setting appropriate values for the TurnOffWindowsCopilot setting. The above policy setting allows you to turn off Windows 11 Copilot using Intune.

  • TurnOffWindowsCopilot=1, users won’t be able to use Copilot. The Copilot icon won’t appear on the taskbar either.
  • TurnOffWindowsCopilot=0, users will be able to use Copilot when it’s available to them.

The below screenshot is from a Microsoft article that explains the scope, editions of Windows, and applicable OS for the policy CSP – Windows AI.

Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot in Windows
Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot in Windows 11

Steps to disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

Use the following steps to create a custom policy in Intune to disable Copilot on Windows 11 devices:

  • Sign in to the Microsoft Intune Admin Center.
  • Navigate to Devices > Windows > Configuration Profiles.
  • To add a new custom profile, select Create Profile.

On the Create a Profile pane, configure the following and select Create.

  • Platform: Windows 10 and later
  • Profile Type: Templates
  • Template Name: Custom
disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

In the Basics tab, enter the following properties:

  • Name: Enter a descriptive name for the profile, which you can easily identify later. For example, a good profile name is ‘Disable Windows Copilot using Intune‘.
  • Description: Enter a brief description of the profile. This setting is optional but recommended.

Click Next.

disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

On the Configuration Settings tab, we will use OMA-URI settings to disable copilot on Windows devices. Click on the Add button.

Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11
Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11

Add the following OMA-URI settings to turn off Windows Copilot using Intune.

  • Name: TurnOffWindowsCopilot
  • Description: Disable Copilot on Windows devices
  • OMA-URI: ./User/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/WindowsAI/TurnOffWindowsCopilot
  • Data type: Integer
  • Value: 1

Click Save.

Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11
Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11

Once you have added the above OMA-URI settings, they are visible on the screen. Click Next.

disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

On the Assignments tab, select and add the groups for whom you want to target this policy. If you are testing the policy on devices/users for the first time, we recommend creating a pilot group. Once you find the policy assignments successful, you can then expand them to a larger group. Click Next to display the Review + Create page.

Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

Review the values and settings you entered for the policy CSP. When you are done, click Create to add this policy to Intune.

Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune

After you create a custom policy in Intune, a notification appears: “Profile Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using Intune created successfully“. This confirms that the policy has been created and is being applied to the groups we chose. The new configuration policy that we created to disable copilot on Windows 11 devices is now visible in Intune’s list of configuration profiles.

You must wait for the policy to apply to the targeted groups, and once the devices check in with the Intune service, they will receive your policy settings. You can also force sync Intune policies on your computers to sync with Intune. To monitor the deployment, select the policy and review the Device and user check-in status. Once the groups receive the policy, the Windows copilot is turned off for the users.

Intune Disable Copilot error 0x87d1fde8

After using the Intune Policy CSP to turn off Copilot on Windows 11, several users reported the error 0x87d1fde8. The solution is to use the correct OMA-URI, which is as follows – ./User/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/WindowsAI/TurnOffWindowsCopilot.

The GPO method disables the copilot feature on Windows 11 without any issues.

Intune Disable Copilot Error 0x87d1fde8
Intune Disable Copilot Error: 0x87d1fde8

Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows

The Intune service release 2402 introduces a new setting, “Turn Off Copilot in Windows,” in the Windows settings catalog. With this setting, you can either allow or restrict users from using the Copilot. This is an alternative approach for Intune admins who don’t want to use policy CSP (Windows AI) to manage the Copilot feature for Windows users.

Here are the instructions to create a policy in Intune and utilize the settings catalog to turn off the copilot for Windows users.

In the Intune admin center, go to Devices > Windows > Configuration Profiles. Select Create > New Policy and choose the Platform as Windows 10 and later and Profile type as Settings Catalog. Click Create.

Create a new policy in Intune to manage Copilot
Create a new policy in Intune to manage Copilot

Specify the policy name and add a brief description about this policy. Select Next.

Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows
Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows

On the Settings picker window, type “Turn off Copilot” in the search box. Next, select the Windows AI category and then select the setting “Turn off Copilot in Windows (User)“. Close the Settings picker.

Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows
Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows

The policy setting “Turn off Copilot in Windows (User)” allows you to manage the Windows Copilot. If you enable this policy setting, users will not be able to use Copilot. The Copilot icon will not appear on the taskbar either. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able to use Copilot when it’s available to them. To disable the Copilot, you’ll have to enable this setting. Click Next.

Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows
Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows

On the Assignments tab, add the user groups to target this policy. When done, click Next.

Assign the policy to groups
Assign the policy to groups

Review the policy settings on Review+Create tab. To finalize the policy creation, select Create. A new policy is created in Intune and the settings are applied to the user groups you have chosen.

Once the policy settings are applied, the users will notice that the Copilot icon has been removed from the taskbar. The policy settings will restrict users from enabling the Copilot from the taskbar options on Windows 11.

Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows
Use Settings Catalog to Turn off Copilot on Windows

Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using GPO

You can disable Copilot on Windows 11 using a group policy with the following steps:

  • Open the Local Group Policy Editor by running the gpedit.msc command.
  • Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Copilot.
  • On the right pane, double-click on the ‘Turn off Windows Copilot‘ GPO.
  • Select Enabled to turn off Windows Copilot.
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using GPO
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using GPO

The “Turn off Windows Copilot” GPO setting allows you to turn off Windows Copilot on Windows 11 devices. If you enable this policy setting, users will not be able to use Copilot. The Copilot icon will not appear on the taskbar either. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able to use Copilot when it’s available to them.

Click Apply and OK to save the changes you’ve made to the policy setting. Restart your PC, and you’ll notice the Copilot icon has been removed by GPO from the Windows 11 taskbar.

Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using GPO
Disable Copilot on Windows 11 using GPO
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