16th April 2024

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New Windows Insider build gets rid of annoying watermark, adds Copilot support for local accounts

Available today to Windows Insiders in the Dev or Canary channel, Build 26090 makes a couple of small but seemingly radical changes that highlight the company’s commitments both to its Copilot AI tool and its Insider program. Users who have logged in with local accounts can now use Copilot — though, with some limits on its functionality. Also, the ugly (but otherwise harmless) version number watermark that sits in the lower right corner of the screen is now gone.

The watermark, which shows the build number, has long been a staple of Windows Insider builds. My laptop, which is enrolled in the Dev channel and hasn’t been updated yet to Build 26090, currently shows “Windows 11 Home Insider Preview. Evaluation copy. Build 23620.ni_prerelease.240118-1056.” That message is annoying when I take screenshots and it shows up. Now that’s gone, and I’m sure few people will miss it.

Insider preview watermark

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

Microsoft has been pushing Copilot very hard lately — so much so that it’s willing to offer the AI assistant to users who are doing things the company doesn’t like. A few months ago, the company brought Copilot to Windows 10, the near-end-of-life operating system it wishes its customers would stop using. Now it’s allowing local account users to use Copilot, even though current builds of Windows 11 require you to sign in with a Microsoft account to complete the set up process.