KB5033372 Brings Copilot To Windows 10

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As part of the Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft has released KB5033372 for Windows 10 versions 21H2 and 22H2. The highlight of this update is that it brings the Windows Copilot to Windows 10, which has only been available in Windows 11 up until now.

Windows Copilot is an AI-enabled Windows assistant that is not only useful in fetching results from the internet but is also smart enough to perform OS-specific tasks, like adjusting the brightness.

Installing this update upgrades the operating system build to 19044.3803 (21H2) and 19045.3803 (22H2).

This update also includes security improvements, and therefore, it is recommended that you install it right away, using either the direct download links provided below or through the Windows Update.

Additionally, Microsoft warns the users that there will be no optional non-security updates for December because of the holiday season.

KB5033372 release summary

The table below gives a summary of the update and the updated OS builds:

Article KBOS VersionRelease DateUpdated OS Build
KB5033372Windows 10 22H213 December 202319045.3803
KB5033372Windows 10 21H213 December 202319044.3803
December 2023 Patch Tuesday Summary for Windows 10

KB5033372 changelog

This update includes all the improvements that were introduced in KB5032278, which was released on 30th November 2023, and was a Type D update. Therefore, if you already installed that, KB5033372 will be a small update package.

We have compiled and listed all of the new features and improvements in KB5033372 here for you:

  • This update adds the Copilot in Windows button to the right side of the taskbar. This only applies to devices that run Home or Pro editions (non-managed business devices). This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
  • The news & interests feature on your device is now larger.
  • If you use Home or Pro consumer devices or non-managed business devices, you can get some of the newest experiences as soon as they are ready. To do so, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and toggle the slider in front of “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available ” into the On position.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes IE mode to stop responding. This occurs when you have multiple IE mode tabs open.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the cursor. Its movement lags in some screen capture scenarios.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the touch keyboard . It might not appear during the out-of-box experience (OOBE).
  • This update adds new functionality that affects app defaults.
  • This update adds Windows Update opt-in notifications to the screen when you sign in.
  • This update affects the Netherlands time zone. It adds the recent man-made landmass outside of Rotterdam to the shape files.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Trusted Sites Zone logon policy. You cannot manage it using Mobile Device Management (MDM).
  • This update addresses an issue that causes IE mode to stop responding. This occurs if you press the left arrow key when an empty text box has the focus and caret (cursor) browsing is on.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects IE mode. A webpage stops working as expected when there is an open modal dialog.
  • This update addresses app cursor issues. These issues occur when apps use the WebView2Standalone XAML control.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects fontdrvhost.exe. It stops responding when you use Compact Font Format version 2 (CFF2) fonts.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects non-admin processes. The game performance goes down, and the video stutters.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects protected content. It stops cross-process windows from being created. Because of this update, you can keep using out-of-process hosting for things like WebView2 under protected, top-level windows.
  • This update affects Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE). It enables Conditional Access (CA) scenarios.
  • This update addresses a localization issue for Great Britain English (EN-GB) locales. The error message for invalid characters in a new Windows Hello PIN is wrong.
  • This update addresses a leak in volatile notifications. This might stop you from signing in to your machine.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows LAPS. Its PasswordExpirationProtectionEnabled policy fails to turn on the setting.

With these fixes and improvements, Microsoft has also disclosed a few known issues with this release.

Known issues

The following list of issues currently exist with this update:

  • Require Device Encryption 65000 error in BitLocker Configuration Service Provider (CSP)

    This issue might be a headache for the IT admins who may have installed KB5031455.

    If you have configured the FixedDrivesEncryptionType or the SystemDrivesEncryptionType policy to “Enabled” in the BitLocker CSP node in the Mobile Device Management (MDM), then the “Require Device Encryption” settings page on some devices may incorrectly show a “65000” error.

    Affected environments are those with the “Enforce drive encryption type on operating system drives” or “Enforce drive encryption on fixed drives” policies set to Enabled and selecting either “full encryption” or “used space only“. Microsoft Intune is affected by this issue but third-party MDMs might also be affected.

    Microsoft suggests setting the “Enforce drive encryption type on operating system drives” or “Enforce drive encryption on fixed drives” policies to “Not configured” to mitigate this issue temporarily, while they work on a permanent fix.

  • Icon alignment issues with Copilot

    When you open Windows Copilot, the desktop icons get randomly rearranged with no sorting order and spread across the screen. This issue only occurs with systems in a multimonitor setup. You can take solace in the fact that the icons are reverted to their original places when you close Copilot.

    At the moment, there is no workaround for this issue. However, Microsoft has disabled Copilot in Preview on devices that have been using a multi-monitor configuration.

  • Copilot will not work if the taskbar is positioned vertically

    If you have moved the taskbar to the left or the right side of the screen and is now in a vertical position, Copilot will be inaccessible.

    At the moment, the only workaround for this issue is moving the taskbar to a horizontal position, which is either at the top of the screen or the bottom.

To learn more about this update, refer to the KB5033372 Release Notes.

Download and install KB5033372

This update can be installed through Windows Update and standalone installers.

We have given the direct download links to the standalone installers below, using which you can install the update on your respective Windows 10 version, or you can simply update to the latest build using Windows Update through the given guide below.

Offline installers

Click on the links below to download the KB article for your Windows 10 version .

KB ArticleWindows VersionDownload
KB5033372Windows 10 22H2x64
x86
KB5033372Windows 10 21H2x64
x86
Download Windows 10 Patch Tuesday updates for December 2023

To install the update, simply run the downloaded MSU file and Windows will automatically install the update. You can also extract the CAB file from the MSU file and install it.

To download any other updates related to any of the above, please check the Microsoft Catalog.

Windows Update

To install this update via Windows Update, you need to be running Windows 10 version 22H2 or 21H2 (with the supported edition). To check the version and edition of the operating system, run the “winver” command in the Run Command box.

Once you have the right OS version, perform the following steps to install KB5033372 :

  1. Navigate to the following:

    Settings app >> Update and Security >> Windows Update
  2. Click “Check for updates” on the right.

    Check for updates windows 10
    Check for pending updates

    You will now see the following update downloading and installing automatically:

    2023-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 version 2XH2
    
    
    
     for x64/x86-based Systems (KB50333372)
  3. Click “Restart Now” when the update is ready for final installation.

    Restart computer 2
    Restart computer

Once the computer restarts, the update will be successfully installed. To confirm this, check the updated build number by running the “winver” command again in the Run Command box.

KB5033372 installed successfully
KB5033372 installed successfully

Rollback/remove Windows 10 cumulative update

If you do not wish to keep the installed update for some reason, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.

To roll back after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick.

Cleanup after installing Windows updates

If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands one after the other in Command Prompt with administrative privileges:

dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
dism cleanup
Cleanup after Windows update installation

Block KB5033372 from installing

Since these are mandatory updates, they will download and install themselves on the schedule. If you want to block them from installing, temporarily or permanently, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Download the “Show or hide updates” tool from Microsoft.

  2. Run the utility and click Next to start the scanning process.

    Show or hide updates
    Show or hide updates
  3. Next, click the “Hide updates” button.

    Hide updates
    Hide updates
  4. Select the update(s) you want to block and click Next.

    Select the update to hideblock
    Select the update to hide/block

    This automatically hides the update from Windows Update and it will not be installed during the next update process .

  5. Click the Close button.

If you want to unhide or show hidden updates, run the tool again and select “Show hidden updates” instead of “Hide updates.” The rest of the process is the same.

Windows 10 Patch Tuesday History

KB ArticleOS VersionsBuildRelease DateSignificant ChangesAnnouncement
KB503476322H2, 21H21904X.404613-Feb-24Makes OS DMA compliant, dynamic weathers widget on lock screen, other fixes and security improvementsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5034763
KB503412222H2, 21H21904X.39309-Jan-24Fixes auto-shutdown issue after authenticating from smart card Microsoft Announcement of KB5034122
KB503337222H2, 21H21904X.380313-Dec-23Introduced Windows Copilot to Windows 10Microsoft Announcement of KB5033372
KB503218922H2, 21H21904X.369314-Nov-23Fixes update installation issues, touchscreen, and Outlook issues.Microsoft Announcement of KB5032189
KB503135622H2, 21H21904X.357010-Oct-23Improved search box experience, animations to certain icons, several fixes and security patchesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5031356
KB503021122H2, 21H21904X.344812-Sep-23Fixes smart card authentication for domain joining, improves location detection, expands the rollout of notification badging for Microsoft accounts on the Start menuMicrosoft Announcement of KB5030211
KB502924422H2, 21H21904X.33248-Aug-23Addresses VPN issues, makes notifications more reliable, and addresses critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities.Microsoft Announcement of KB5029244
KB502816622H2, 21H21904X.320811-Jul-23Improvements to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Printer Spooler, and others.Microsoft Announcement of KB5028166
KB502721522H2, 21H21904X.308613-Jun-23Ability to sync language and region settings, address issues with LSASS, and other security improvementsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5027215
KB502636122H2, 21H2, 20H21904X.29659-May-23The ability to sync language and region settings addresses issues with LSASS, other security improvementsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5026361
KB502522122H2, 21H2, 20H21904X.284611-Apr-23Ability to sync language and region settings addresses issues with LSASS, other security improvementsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5025221
KB502369622H2, 21H2, 20H21904X.272814-Mar-23Improved Windows Spotlight experience on the lock screen, fixed AD joining issue and othersMicrosoft Announcement of KB5023696
KB502283422H2, 21H2, 20H21904X.260414-Feb-23Fixes audio issues with IoT devicesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5022834
KB502228222H2, 21H2, 20H21904X.248610-Jan-23Microsoft ODBC SQL Server Driver connectivity issue resolvedMicrosoft Announcement of KB5022282
KB502123322H2, 21H2, 21H1, 20H21904X.236413-Dec-22-Search bar will now appear by default on the taskbar
-Cortana won’t be pinned in the taskbar by default
Microsoft Announcement of KB5021233
KB501995922H2, 21H2, 21H1, 20H21904X.22518-Nov-22Fixes to Microsoft Direct3D 9 and DCOMMicrosoft Announcement of KB5019959
Changelog for Windows 10 Patch Tuesday updates
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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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