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Windows 11 gets a built-in profile picture editor with AI effects

Microsoft is working on more AI-powered experiences for Windows 11. The experience in the latest Windows 11 Canary Build 26231 is rather minor, but still an interesting addition to the overall feature set.

Microsoft didn't mention it in the official release notes for Build 26231, but there's a new profile picture editor with some AI-powered effects. Like the current Your Info section in the Settings app, the revamped editor lets you take a photo, select an existing one, and remove your current image. What's new is the ability to apply additional effects, such as background blur, portrait lighting, and upscaling. There are also some built-in filters for basic editing.

Photo credit: PhantomOfEarth on X

If your computer is running the latest version of Windows 11 Canary Channel and you want to try out the new profile picture editor, you can enable it using the ViVeTool app as follows (remember to back up important data in case something goes wrong):

  1. Download ViveTool from GitHub and unzip the files into a convenient and easy-to-find folder.
  2. Press Win + X and select Terminal (Administrator).
  3. In Windows Terminal, switch to the command prompt profile with the Ctrl + Shift + 2 link or by clicking the down arrow button at the top of the window.The Windows Terminal app shows how to switch from the PowerShell profile to the Command Prompt profile.
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the ViveTool files with the CD command. For example, if you have placed ViveTool in C:\Vive, enter CD C:\Vive.
  5. Type vivetool /activate /id:45189370,47364920 and press Input.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your information. Note that changing the profile picture in Windows 11 requires system activation.

Speaking of profile pictures, there was a strange bug recently in Windows 11 and 10 where trying to change the profile picture for an offline account resulted in error 0x80070502. Microsoft fixed this bug in Windows 11, but it is still there for Windows 10 users.

Credit for the find goes to @PhantomOfEarth on X.