Microsoft begins rollout of Copilot on Windows 10

Microsoft starts gradual rollout of Copilot in the Tasbkar for Windows 10 users.

Windows 10 Copilot in the Taskbar
Windows 10 Copilot in the Taskbar
  • Windows 10 devices are now slowly getting Copilot in the Taskbar.
  • The chatbot AI is available as a preview after installing update KB5032278.
  • System requirements include 4GB of RAM, 720p resolution, and a Microsoft account.

UPDATED 12/1/2023: Microsoft has officially begun the rollout of its Copilot AI to devices running Windows 10. According to the company announcement, the chatbot AI is now gradually rolling out for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 22H2.

Copilot is available with the release of the update KB5032278, which brings the build number to 19045.3758. However, not everyone will get the update on day one immediately since the company is rolling the feature out through its Controlled Feature Rollout (CFR) over the coming months.

Also, you first have to turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch from the “Windows Update” settings page and then click the “Check for updates” button after installing the update KB5032278.

Copilot hardware requirements

In addition, the device must include at least 4GB of memory and a display adapter with support for 720p plus resolution, and you must use a Microsoft account to access Copilot on Windows 10. It’s important to note that the chatbot won’t be (initially) available for Windows 10 Pro on managed devices or in the Enterprise and Education editions of the operating system.

Copilot interface experience

Once Copilot is enabled on your device, you will find a new icon in the Taskbar’s System Tray to access the chatbot. However, you can only access the experience while the Taskbar is docked at the bottom or top of the screen. Microsoft has noted that Copilot currently doesn’t work when docking the Taskbar on the left or right side of the screen.

Furthermore, the company has explained that the “Refresh” button may show signs of instability. Copilot may also crash in certain scenarios, such as when clicking a link. In addition, the assistant AI currently doesn’t support multi-monitor setups. However, the icon will appear on the main monitor.

On Windows 10, the Copilot interface is identical to the one available on Windows 11, but the functionalities are still limited. For example, you can ask different questions in natural language about virtually any topic, summarize content open on Microsoft Edge, and more. However, you cannot ask the chatbot to change system settings or launch applications.

It’s unclear whether the advanced capabilities (such as changing settings, performing local tasks, and launching applications) will eventually roll out as part of the chatbot skills or if Microsoft plans to reserve those skills for Windows 11 devices.

If you still don’t have access to the AI after the update and turning on the feature on Windows Update, you can use these instructions to enable the Copilot AI manually.

Update December 1, 2023: The content has been updated to reflect that the update is now available to everyone in the Stable Channel as an optional install.

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