How to enable Microsoft Copilot on Windows 10

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You can enable the hidden Copilot in Windows 10 by installing Build 19045.3754 (KB5032278) or newer, turning on three experimental flags (id:46686174, 47530616, 44755019), and making some minor edits to the Registry. Once done, Copilot will be pinned to the right side of the taskbar and can be used alongside other apps.

In an update to the support document, Microsoft has confirmed Windows 11-like Copilot is coming to Windows 10 in the coming weeks. That’s because the tech giant is hearing ‘great feedback’ on Copilot in Windows 11 and wants to expand “that value to more people”, which is why AI is coming to Windows 10.

You need to know a few things before enabling Copilot. First and foremost, Microsoft previously told us that Copilot works in select regions only, and most European countries are not supported. Additionally, Microsoft has confirmed Copilot will only appear on PCs with 4GB RAM and 720p plus screen resolution.

Windows Copilot on taskbar
Windows 10 Copilot opened via taskbar button | Image Courtesy:

Can you enable Copilot on Windows 10?

Yes, to enable Copilot on Windows 10, you can follow these steps:

  1. Your device must be running Windows 10 Build 19045.3754 or newer. To get this particular update, Microsoft says users need to grab KB5032278 by joining the Release Preview Channel (this update will go live as an optional preview in the production later this month).
    Windows 10 Build 19045.3754
  2. Go to Settings > System > About and ensure the Build number is 19045.3754 or greater.
    ViveTool on Github
  3. Download the open-source app ViveTool from Github and extract it to your downloads folder. This app, created by Albacore, lets you enable experimental but hidden features on your Windows device.
    Open ViveTool using Command Prompt
  4. As shown in the above screenshot, open Command Prompt with administrative privileges and navigate to the location where ViveTool is extracted.
    Enable Copilot on Windows 10
  5. In the Command Prompt (admin) window, copy, paste and run the following command
    vivetool /enable /id:46686174,47530616,44755019
  6. Reboot your system.
Copilot pinned to the taskbar
Copilot pinned to the taskbar | Image Courtesy:

After reboot, you’ll notice the new Copilot button on the right side of the Windows taskbar.

Show Copilot (preview) button on Windows 10 taskbar
Show Copilot (preview) button on Windows 10 taskbar | Image Courtesy:

As shown in the above screenshot, you can hide the AI button from the right-click menu, but if you do not see the option, you will need to make one minor edit to the registry.

Enable Copilot using Registry
Enable Copilot right-click taskbar option using Registry

In the Registry Editor, go to HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsShellCopilotBingChat set “IsUserEligible” to 1, and save the changes.

As detailed in our Windows 10 Copilot hands-on review, several limitations are plaguing the AI experience, including the inability to interact with OS-level features. For example, you cannot open apps like Settings using the Copilot.

While this could change in future, Copilot on Windows 10 is currently Bing Chat running via Edge WebView.

Microsoft has also warned the feature may not be available on devices with compatibility issues, including devices with an incompatible app.

At some point in future, Copilot will be enabled on all PCs by default with more features.

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