Microsoft brings Copilot AI to Windows 10 for some reason

Windows 10 has got one more in it, as Microsoft squeezes Copilot AI into the operating system.

Windows 10 is on its last legs, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from adding new features to the ageing operating system (OS). The latest Windows Insider preview introduces Microsoft’s AI-powered assistant, Copilot. Not just any rig will be able to run the update, though.

Microsoft isn’t asking for the best CPU or best graphics card for Copilot. The feature just needs 4GB of RAM and a screen that’s 720p resolution or higher. Most Windows 10 devices should reach the bar, but older tablets, laptops, and desktops might struggle. If your system stumbles at the first hurdle, you likely won’t even be able to download the preview.

Copilot doesn’t look much different from the Windows 11 version. You can still bring up the AI assistant chat with a button in the bottom-right of your taskbar. This is a test build, though, so it’s not all smooth sailing. Copilot only works in the default taskbar position. Microsoft is working on a fix for those of you that prefer it vertical.

Windows 10 with Microsoft Copilot AI Assistant open on the desktop.

To get the Windows 10 update, enrol your system in the Insider program and make sure it runs 22H2. Don’t fret if you want to test the preview but can’t yet see it on your device. Microsoft is rolling it out to Windows Insiders in stages. It might take a little while before yours is eligible.

“It may take time for your device to be confirmed as eligible for Copilot on Windows,” reads the Windows Insider blog. “It may not show up right away even if you have the ‘Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available’ toggle on.”

Given the ever-attractive name “Build 19045.3757 (KB5032278),” this patch comes out of left field. After all, Microsoft previously stated that the Windows 10 22H2 update was the last to introduce new features. The brand even removed the OS from sale earlier this year and should only receive security updates until October 14, 2025. After that, Microsoft will only support Long-Term Serving Channel (LTSC) Windows 10 systems, which usually sit in hospitals and other places of service.

In the meantime, we’re already looking ahead to Windows 12, which might be closer to release than you’d think. So much for Windows 10 being Microsoft’s final consumer-based operating system, eh.