Microsoft says that installing Copilot in Windows Server was just a mistake

Microsoft will remove Copilot from Windows Server

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Installing Copilot in Windows Server was a mistake

The hide and seek game of installing Copilot in Windows Server is finally over, or at least we hope so. After Windows Server 2022 users found an 8KB Copilot installation, Microsoft issued a note to clarify this issue.

As we correctly mentioned, that was not a full-fledge Copilot installation, but only a web API installed together with the latest version of Edge.

Updates to Edge browser version 123.0.2420.65, released on March 28, 2024 and later, might incorrectly install a new package (MSIX) called ‘Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows’ on Windows devices. Resulting from this, the Microsoft Copilot app might appear in the Installed apps in Settings menu.

Microsoft note

Microsoft will remove the Copilot component in the next Edge update

Microsoft also noted that the Microsoft chat provider for Copilot doesn’t execute any code or process and doesn’t send any data to anyone. They also say that the package is a testbed for enabling Copilot for some Windows devices.

The Redmond giant will remove this component from all the systems that it wasn’t meant for, and that includes Windows Server.

This problem will be solved with a new update for Microsoft Edge in the near future. As we’ve also mentioned in our previous report, Windows Server wasn’t the only one affected by the problem, but also Windows 10 version 22H2 and Windows 11 versions 21H2, 22H2, and 23H2.

So, that’s that! Windows Server admins, you can rejoice again, because Copilot will not be on your machines soon. At least unless Microsoft will decide you really need it, in which case, we’ve explained how to uninstall it swiftly.

We’ll keep you posted when the new Edge update will show up to correct this issue, but you may also give us a few pointers in the comments below.

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