There may be good news for those who prefer to keep their system as clean of AI components as possible.

Since Artificial Intelligence arrived in a disruptive way in our lives, public opinion has literally split in two towards it. There are those who have embraced it without reservations and introduced it into their lives, fully exploiting its potential, and there are those who have strong doubts about its sustainability and believe that, sooner or later, it will give humanity its well served and will prove to be a major threat to social stability.

Not everyone is excited about the idea of ​​having AI in all devices – Sjbeez

Big tech companies are already implementing AI in their services and devices. Google, Microsoft and, lately, also Amazon: the platforms and devices of these large multinationals have announced that anyone who uses their products will be able to count on the integrated help of this new technology. The news, obviously, was not welcomed by everyone. And luckily there is also someone who seems to think about the needs of these people.

Recently, a reliable leaker known as PhantomOfEarth discovered an interesting feature hidden in the depths of Windows 11, namely in preview build 26016. This discovery concerns a Settings page dedicated to AI Components. While currently inactive, the presence of this page hints at a future possibility for users: the ability to view and potentially remove AI components installed on their system.

No more AI for those who don’t want it

This news is significant for a number of reasons. First, it signals a shift in Microsoft’s approach to personalizing the user experience. Until now, many aspects of AI built into operating systems have been mostly non-removable, an integral part of the software ecosystem.

Windows may make it possible to remove AI features from its devices – Sjbeez

The AI ​​components mentioned include features such as Windows Security, Microsoft Store, Phone Link, and Xbox Game Bar. According to several commentators, this could be a direct response to growing user concerns about privacy and security, particularly regarding how AI may collect and use personal data.

The most interesting aspect of this discovery is the potential impact on Microsoft’s Copilot, the company’s cloud-based AI feature that is gaining increasing attention. Although it is not currently installed locally on users’ PCs, there are rumors that Microsoft is also considering a local version of this AI in its future devices. If this becomes a reality, the ability to uninstall AI components could extend to this functionality as well.

It is important to underline that, for now, all of this is pure theory. The Settings page for AI Components is not yet visible to users and there is no guarantee that it will reach a stable version of Windows 11. However, its mere existence is an indicator that Microsoft is seriously considering flexibility and control staff in the use of AI.