Microsoft Accidentally Introduces Copilot to Windows Server

Microsoft has announced that the AI assistant Copilot was mistakenly added to Windows Server along with recent Edge updates. Developers assured that the application did not collect or transmit data to the company’s servers.

It is worth mentioning that the company began testing Copilot in preview builds of Windows Server 2025 earlier this year. However, following negative feedback from administrators, Microsoft removed Copilot from these builds and did not revisit the issue.

This week, administrators were surprised to discover the 8 KB Microsoft Copilot application added to the list of installed programs in working builds of Windows Server 2022.

As reported by the company, Copilot infiltrated Windows Server by mistake. The issue also affected systems running Windows 10 22H2, Windows 11 21H2, and later versions.

According to Microsoft, the Edge browser update version 123.0.2420.65, released on March 28, 2024, may erroneously install a new package (MSIX) named Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows on Windows devices. As a result, the Microsoft Copilot application may appear in the list of installed apps in the “Settings” menu.

Microsoft emphasizes that the Copilot app added by Edge to devices cannot actually be used to launch Copilot and does not gather any user or system data.

The company clarifies that “Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows” does not run any code or processes, nor does it receive, analyze, or transmit device or environment data in any form.

The package is intended solely to prepare certain Windows devices for the future inclusion of Windows Copilot and will not be displayed on all devices. Moreover, even if the installed component causes the Copilot app to be shown as installed in the system, it will not lead to a full installation or activation of Copilot.

As part of resolving this issue, “Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows” will be removed from devices where Microsoft Copilot should not be enabled or installed, including most Windows Server devices. The company is working on a fix and will provide a solution in the next Microsoft Edge release.

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