Microsoft’s engineers use a secret feature called “StagingTool”, a command-line tool that unlocks hidden features in Windows 11 and allows them to send feedback to the program managers.
In a recent now-deleted post on Feedback Hub discussing a new setting feature in Windows 11, Microsoft accidentally unveiled details about a hidden app called “StagingTool.” This command-line tool, primarily used by Microsoft’s engineers, can unlock hidden features within the operating system.
The company leaked details of the app in a post titled “Sign in without a password when my device powers on”. As the name suggests, the post discussed a feature that allows users to access their system immediately upon power-up without the need to enter a password, and it has been developed for users in China.
While the focus of the Feedback Hub post was the new “Sign in without a password” feature, Microsoft’s mention of “StagingTool” has caught our attention.
Meet StagingTool, Microsoft’s secret app to test Windows 11 features
In explaining the steps to enable the new settings feature, Microsoft revealed how features could be activated using the StagingTool. These steps were meant for Microsoft’s internal testers, but the company accidentally published them on a public platform and deleted the post later.
StagingTool is designed for use by Microsoft’s developers and engineers, not for general consumers. Using it requires you to be familiar with command-line tools…