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    #2607646

    I’m adding some permanent post locations for guidance and information about how to block Copilot. Remember you have lots of choices once Microsoft sta
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2607729

      Where is the Central Store?  Can it be anywhere?  I have Windows 11 Pro.  I assume the Central Store must be manually created.

      Mark

       

       

    • #2607782

      download the ADML and ADMX file to the central store

      That only applies if your using a Domain Controller.

      For normal Windows 10/11 Pro users who want to add this option to their Group Policy, copy the 2 files as follows:

      WindowsCopilot.admx ⇒ C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions

      WindowsCopilot.adml ⇒ C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US

      Of course the easier option is to simply download and run the registry key to disable CoPilot in Windows

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      • #2607818

        I wouldn’t copy the files on a standalone PC, they will be installed when the patch that includes copilot is released.

        I only include the links for the ADMX and ADML for people who are controlling patches in a domain.

         

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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        • #2607848

          So, to be clear: only business users should use the ADMX and ADML  files and the rest of us should use the .reg file?

          Mark

           

          • #2607939

            OR

            You can use the GUI instructions to disable it

            OR

            You can ignore it.

            Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

            • #2607986

              I am not familiar with the GUI instructions; however, I found the setting with gpedit.msc and made sure it was disabled.  I had previously run the reg file.  I certainly will not ignore it.  I wish I lived in Europe where I could uninstall it.

              Mark

               

    • #2607866

      Susan can always be counted on to have my/our back and I’m thankful for that.

      That said, I will hold my breath while being the notable exception and allow Copilot to install on my computers unrestricted. Do I know something others have missed? Far, far from it!!! To the contrary, my technical abilities aren’t sufficient to follow the instructions with any degree of comfort and competency. Many years ago, I learned that (1) Mother MS ultimately gets what she wants, (2) resistance is futile, and (3) attempts to block her, at least in my case, is just as likely to cause future problems as not. Ch100 was right!

      And, yes, I am old! I still have a 5-1/4 floppy boot disk containing MS DOS Version 1.1 that I used on my first computer. But, thanks to this site I’ve learned enough to keep me in the game. Happy holidays to you and yours!!!

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    • #2607921

      Can someone please remind us what the problem is if you have Copilot installed on a home desktop running Windows 10?

      It appeared on one of mine with the October updates, or at least it was at some point between installing those and the November ones that I noticed a new icon on the top right side of Edge and found it was Copilot. I’ve ignored it ever since and haven’t experienced anything associated with it. Is it harmless if ignored?

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    • #2608064

      I noticed a new icon on the top right side of Edge and found it was Copilot

      Copilot in Edge is the new name for Bing.
      Copilot for Windows, Microsoft 365, is another type of beast.

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    • #2608401

      In the preview updates for Windows 11 just out.

      NEW!  You can use Copilot with a Local account!

      • New! You can ask Copilot in Windows (in preview) for help ten times when you sign in to Windows using a local account. After that, you must sign in using a verified account. These include a Microsoft account (MSA) and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Note that the name for Azure AD will change to Microsoft Entra ID.

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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      • #2608428

        for Windows 11 22H2 & 23H2 that would be KB5032288

      • #2609218

        New! You can ask Copilot in Windows (in preview) for help ten times when you sign in to Windows using a local account.

        Does this also apply to Windows 10?

        Is that ten (10) times “each and every” time you sign into Windows from a start up/reboot using a local account, or ten (10) times “Total” lifetime usage?

        Windows 10 Pro x64 v22H2 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
    • #2608497

      for Windows 11 22H2 & 23H2 that would be KB5032288

      Just released yesterday.

    • #2609039

      I’m still trying to sort out the fuss regarding Windows 10 Copilot.

      As I understand it:

      You cannot stop/block it from installing period.

      You cannot remove/uninstall it after it is installed with December update.

      You can ignore/not use it (similar to many other forced MS Windows installed apps).

      You can remove/hide the icon via a task bar selection, or a registry setting, or via a Group Policy setting (Windows Pro) that will be installed in Group Policy along with the arrival of Copilot.

      If correct, what am I missing other than not liking MS adding yet another not ask for app?

      Windows 10 Pro x64 v22H2 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
      • #2609043

        If correct, what am I missing other than not liking MS adding yet another not ask for app?

        Nothing; that’s it. (And I find Copilot quite useful to find some answers.)

    • #2615914

      (Thanks, Susan, for the .reg files to disable\enable Copilot and all the others you have provided through the years).

      I have Win10 Pro 22H2 and I run as a Standard user saving Administrator for appropriate situations.

      When I click on the corrected links to the two .reg files in the various posts here they automatically download to my PC. They do not give me the UAC prompt. When I double-click on the downloaded DisableWindowscopilot file it does not run. I get the Registry warning window asking me if I really want to continue. I select ‘Yes’ and I get the Registry error window saying that it cannot import the file, ‘Error accessing the registry.’.

      I have not encountered this before in my limited experience with running .reg files.

      How do I get around this? I haven’t yet found a way to ‘Run as Administrator’ this file as a Standard user.

      Do I need to log on as Administrator for these two files when I run them?

      • This reply was modified 2 months ago by opti1. Reason: Change Windows version from 23H2 to 22H2
      • #2615925

        Right click on the .reg file
        Choose “Run as Administrator” from the menu.
        You may have to run it from your Admin ID.

        • #2615931

          Thanks for responding PKCano.

          Yes, that was the first thing I tried when clicking on the .reg file didn’t give me the UAC prompt. But there is no option to ‘Run as Administrator’ when I right-click on the .reg file.

          I guess I’ll have to log on as Admin to run it.

          Thanks again.

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