Windows 11 users may soon be able to configure their RGB lighting without the use of third-party software from the likes of companies that include Logitech, Corsair, and Razer. According to screenshots shared by Windows Central, Microsoft is planning on adding native RGB peripheral controls to Windows 11, allowing users to change the colors, brightness, and lighting speed of their RGB peripherals simply by going into the new “lighting” category that’s being developed for the Settings panel. Users can find the new feature in recent Windows 11 preview builds after setting the proper flags with their preferred editors (e.g., ViVeTool), the process for which can be found below.
From a Windows Central report:
Peripherals from the likes of Razer, Logitech, and others currently use their own third-party software to configure RGB settings. Microsoft’s new “Windows Lighting” platform would be able to offer the same controls at a native level, removing the need to download a third-party program first. Of course, the success of this new platform would depend on whether or not peripheral makers choose to support it.
Windows Central understands that Microsoft is considering adding additional functionality such as being able to set peripherals to a certain color when notifications come in. Other options being toyed with include being able to change the color of peripherals depending on whether or not your microphone is muted, audio visualization, and of course, Teams integration.
How to enable RGB controls in Windows 11 preview build 25295
If you’re running the latest Windows 11 Dev Channel build, you can enable this hidden functionality using a third-party feature flags editor known as Vivetool. Once downloaded, follow these steps:
- Open Windows Terminal
- Press CTRL + Shift + 2 to switch to Command Prompt
- Navigate to the directory you downloaded Vivetool (e.g. cd c:\vivetool)
- Type vivetool /enable /id:41355275 and hit enter
- Type vivetool /enable /id:35262205 and hit enter
- Restart your PC