Hands-on with Windows 11 Copilot’s upgraded settings automation features | Laptop News

Windows 11 build 26058 came out a week ago with Widget improvements, a pointer indicator accessibility feature, and an improved File Explorer context menu. But Microsoft quietly updated its blog post to announce exciting improvements in Copilot, including deeper integration with Windows.

You can now manage more system settings using Copilot. Instead of opening the specific control or settings, you can ask Copilot to do it. For example, you can ask the AI to show all wireless networks around you. Similarly, it can invoke Windows APIs to display battery information automatically.

Microsoft is also making it possible to check IP addresses and find out which apps are slowing down. Other features include removing files from Recycle Bin, and Microsoft plans to enable more features in the coming weeks, such as the ability to troubleshoot the OS using AI.

Here’s a list of all the new things you can do:

  • Ask for available wireless networks.
  • Ask for system or device information.
  • Ask for battery information.
  • Ask to clean the storage.
  • Ask to empty the recycle bin.
  • Ask to toggle the battery saver.
  • Ask to show startup apps.
  • Ask for your IP address.
  • Ask for system, device, or storage information.

Previously, Copilot supported launching apps, toggling system settings and themes, and a few accessibility settings. For example, type ‘enable dark mode’ and press Enter in Copilot. Click on Yes, and the theme will change.

We tried some of the new actions described in the Microsoft blog post. When we entered the “ask to clean the storage“, Copilot offered to launch the Disk Cleanup tool to handle the task. Some commands still didn’t work and showed web results instead.

But still, it doesn’t act on its own. Even after you input the…

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