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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

Microsoft adds Copilot AI to Windows 10, but there are some reasons why you might not be able to use it

In the latest developments of software upgrades, Windows 10 welcomes the Copilot AI through the December update (patch KB5033372). 

Windows 10 recently received the Copilot AI through the latest patch, but it's currently available to a limited audience with a broader rollout planned in the coming months. The update, known as patch KB5033372, not only introduces Copilot (in preview) to the desktop but also includes regular security fixes and additional features.

If you've installed KB5033372 and don't see the Copilot icon on your taskbar, it might be due to a complication related to Windows 10's interface. Microsoft mentions that Copilot is initially available to a small audience and will expand its availability over time.

For those who spot the Copilot icon but prefer not to have the AI on their desktop, a simple right-click allows you to disable it, according to Windows Latest.

The December update for Windows 10 also enhances the News & Interests panel's screen real estate and introduces a feature from Windows 11. This option allows users to receive updates promptly.

However, there's an interface issue to note for Windows 10 users who have moved their taskbar away from the bottom of the screen to the sides. Copilot, in its preview state, doesn't support a vertically positioned taskbar on the right or left. Microsoft suggests moving the taskbar back to the bottom or top as a workaround and acknowledges that they are working on a fix for this.

It's worth mentioning that Windows 11 doesn't face this problem since the taskbar cannot be moved away from the bottom.

While Copilot is in a limited rollout, it may take months before it reaches all Windows 10 PCs. Currently, its capabilities are somewhat limited functioning as an advanced Bing chatbot that can manipulate certain Windows settings. However, Microsoft plans to enhance Copilot's functionality in the coming months.


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