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Microsoft is confirming that an issue with update KB5032278, which brought Copilot to Windows 10 machines at the end of 2023, could throw up a system preparation tool error. The issue is not related to the Copilot preview but is instead caused by a problematic Microsoft Edge package. It only affects Windows 10 22H2 systems, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "Microsoft admits that Windows 3.11 was crap"

    "Microsoft admits that Windows 95 had real problems"

    "Microsoft admits that Internet Explorer was really problematic for most users"

    ......and then there's today's press release.........................I could have written it myself........years of experience............

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Experience?

      Careful or the stan bois will show up and start downvoting you. Becasue 20+ years of MS spectacular failures somehow does not exist.

      1. Mostly Irrelevant

        Re: Experience?

        Nah, OP has very intelligently selected the absolute most unstable Windows releases. Even big MS stans like me can't disagree, although they did miss out on Windows Me (Me stands for Malfunctioning Edition).

  2. Dimmer Bronze badge

    My system is slow. …

    After patching, it ran slow. As an any IT person would do, task manager. Where did all this AI stuff come from? I did not install any new apps, so why would MS without authorization install new software and call it a patch? Weren’t they getting enough data from me already and if it is a feature, ask for my permission and a check box to stop it.

    Ok, screw them. Delete the DLL and app - and bang it reappears. At least with roaches you can eventually kill them.

    Fine, replace the offending files with a few bites of junk data, remove all rights and make the owner a disabled account.

    I will see just how long that last.

    1. petef

      Re: My system is slow. …

      A slightly less hairy solution is to add a couple of registry keys to turn off Copilot.

    2. Kev99 Silver badge

      Re: My system is slow. …

      I found a "simple", effective method to rid me of copilot.

      1) Run UltraFileSearch Lite (or similar) and search for any edge*.* files.

      2) Delete the edge*.* files, especially with a mod date after November 2023.

      3) Run CCleaner, BleachBit, Advanced Uninstaller or the like to search the registry for edge entries. Delete them.

      4) Searching for copilot files or registry entries returned zero results.

      5) Reboot if you want. I just waited for the next time I started my computer.

      6) Result: No edge (yay!), and no copilot (yippee!).

      The January crappy coding, what's-a-CVE patch did not return any of the deleted files (yippee-ki-yay!).

    3. ldo

      Re: My system is slow. …

      This is why they say, Windows is a great OS—if your time is worth nothing.

  3. po

    Window 11 is pretty ropey too. Could they be kneecapping the OS that sort of works to make the broken replacement look a little less awful?

    1. Dimmer Bronze badge

      kneecapping the OS

      Why not, they try to copy everything Apple does.

      (Specific reference to older phone battery drain after update)

      1. Tim99 Silver badge

        Re: kneecapping the OS

        It may well not have helped in your case, but I find that a forced restart after any update is often a fix.

  4. ecofeco Silver badge

    Typical MS

    "Please move to Win 11. But first let us bork that for you."

  5. ldo

    Software Entropy Point Of No Return

    Fred Brooks, in his classic Mythical Man-Month of yesteryear, envisaged the possibility of a piece of software becoming so complex, that any attempt to fix a bug just created new ones.

    It looks like Microsoft Windows passed that point long ago.

    1. Notas Badoff

      Software Company Point Of No Return

      Is there a variation of that, where they are talking about the *company* ?

      As in, "Any attempt to fix Microsoft just creates worse problems?"

      That would in fact explain so many of Microsoft's product problems.

  6. navarac Silver badge

    Microsoft is run by a bunch of children masquerading as interns. The SLR are incompetent as well. Where have all the adults gone?

    1. cookieMonster Silver badge

      The adults were let go a long time ago, replaced with overseas cheap labour, brought in on H1B and/or outsourced to India

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    sysprep audit mode broken?

    Those two guys must be furious.

  8. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

    Copilot doesn't work with more than one monitor? Who these days is only using one monitor, except when on the road? Everyone I know who hotdesks uses two monitors when they hit the office - even people who aren't developers. It's just easier.

  9. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    Didn't MS "let go" of most of it's QA people?

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