Windows 10 receives July 2024 update with fixes and new Copilot app (KB5040427)

Microsoft pushes the July 2024 update for devices running Windows 10 22H2, 21H2, 1809, 1607, and 1507.

Windows 10 KB5040427
Windows 10 KB5040427 / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • Microsoft changes the Copilot integration with a web app that you can uninstall from the Settings app.
  • The update KB5040427 also rolls out a bunch of security patches, including fixes for various problems.
  • Windows 10 1809, 1607, and 1507 are also getting an update to fix different issues.

As part of the July 2024 Patch Tuesday Update, Microsoft is rolling out update KB5040427 for Windows 10 22H2 and 21H2 as build 19044.4651 and 19045.4651, which includes various fixes and improvements.

According to the official notes from July 9, 2024, the monthly security update for Windows 10 replaces the Copilot integration with a new app pinned into the Taskbar, similar to the experience rolling out for Windows 11 users. This change means that the “Copilot” button will no longer be in the System Tray. Instead, it will be a web app you can uninstall from your computer at any time.

In addition, since this is a Progressive Web App (PWA), the chatbot (at least for now) won’t be able to change system settings, and the has also removed the “Windows key + C” keyboard shortcut. If you want to access the chatbot with a shortcut, you will have to use the “Windows key + app position number” keyboard shortcut or the dedicated Copilot button on the keyboard.

New Copilot app for 2024 / Image: Mauro Huculak
New Copilot app for 2024 / Image: Mauro Huculak

The update addresses various problems in addition to the changes for Copilot. For example, this release fixes problems with the Jump List on the Taskbar, the default Japanese Input Method Editor (IME), and the right-click context menu.

Furthermore, the update KB5040427 fixes issues installing apps, the hibernate feature when using BitLocker, Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) that copies unsigned WDAC policies to the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) disk partition, and it updates the  Country and Operator Settings Asset (COSA) profiles for some mobile operators.

Older version of Windows 10

In addition, the company is making updates available for older operating system versions, including 1809, 1607, and 1507. For example, the company is rolling out the update KB5040430 for version 1809, bumping the build number to 17763.6054 to fix several problems.

Windows 10 1607 receives the update KB5040434, which bumps the version to build 10240.20710 and resolves several issues with this version.

Finally, Windows 10 1507 is getting the update KB5040448, which increases the version to build 10240.20651 and introduces a single fix to a problem with domain controllers.

July 2024 update install

If you want to download and install Windows 10 build 19045.4598 and 19044.4651, you can force the update from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch, and click the “Check for updates” button.

If you prefer manually installing the July 2024 update for Windows 10, download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

If you encounter issues after applying this cumulative update, you can uninstall it using these instructions to revert to the previous version of the operating system.

Microsoft is also releasing the update KB5040442 for Windows 11 as part of the July Patch Tuesday update.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].