Microsoft will soon add native controls to Windows 11 to control RGB lighting on computer peripherals, like mice and gaming keyboards.
As a result, you no longer have to install third-party software from a device manufacturer, which is usually buggy at the best of times and potentially riddled with security holes.
To make matters worse, if you have gaming accessories with RGB lighting from multiple vendors, sometimes you’ll need to install a different app to control each device.
The new RBG lighting controls are currently in development as a hidden feature of Windows 11 build 25295 in the Windows Insider dev channel.
Windows enthusiast Albacore first discovered the feature on Thursday and shared several screenshots showcasing the new feature.
“New settings for device lighting appear in build 25295. Is this the beginning of the end for low-quality RGB gaming gear applications?”, Albacore tweeted.
“The spec for this is from 2018 and references to the feature have been around for years. Not canceled after all.”
To activate this hidden function, you can use Albacore’s ViVe tool to run these commands:
vivetool /enable /id:35262205
vivetool /enable /id:41355275
Once enabled using ViVe, new “ambient lighting controls” settings will appear under Settings > Personalization > Lighting.
This section lists all connected RGB devices that you can control as shown below.
Clicking on a supported device from the list will allow you to control the brightness, lighting effect, effect speed and lighting color.
Lighting effects include changing RGB lighting to solid color, blinking, rainbow, or rainbow (reverse).
Finally, you can also configure the RGB lights of each supported device to match the Windows accent color.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce that Windows 11 insiders can now test native RGB lighting support after installing the latest builds, which means there’s no guarantee it will. will make it a production version of the operating system.
However, the new RGB lighting settings appear to be a long way off in the development cycle, indicating that this is likely a feature we’ll see in an upcoming feature update.
Redmond is also testing live kernel core dumps in Windows 11 Task Manager which would help a lot in fixing bugs and performance issues.