Windows 10: Disabled Cortana, now cannot re-enable her. Solved

  1.    16 Dec 2017 #1

    Disabled Cortana, now cannot re-enable her.


    I disabled Cortana and Telemetry a couple weeks ago, but now I want to reverse my actions.
    Here's what I did initially:
    Code:
    In regedit - 
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Search 
    I created a new DWORD and named it AllowCortana, and set the value to 0.
    
    I also went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > DataCollection
    I create a new DWORD and named it AllowTelemetry and set it to 0.
    
    Lastly, in the Services tab of Task Manager, I disabled dmwappushsvc, and Connected User Experiences and Telemetry.
    In an attempt to reverse my actions last night, I re-enabled the two things in Services, and I changed my two registry keys to a value of '1', and then rebooted. No change. Also tried deleting my DWORDs and rebooting. No change.
    I have run sfc /scannow, no problems detected.
    I have run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth, no problems.
    Ran /RestoreHealth anyway, no change.
    I checked gpedit Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana, and she's enabled.


    Cortana is still replaced by a magnifying glass called "Search", and no mention of Cortana is in the right-click menu of the taskbar.

    If I click on Search, then click the Settings icon, it takes me to the Settings home.

    If I type "Cortana" into the search field of Settings, there is an entry called "Cortana & Search Settings" in the drop-down, but if I click on it, nothing opens up; I just remain on the home page of Settings.

    I am running 10 Pro 64-bit, v.1709, build 16299.125
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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       16 Dec 2017 #2

    If Cortana is now enabled, you should just need to sign into her: Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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  3.    16 Dec 2017 #3

    Cliff S said: View Post
    If Cortana is now enabled, you should just need to sign into her: Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
    Thanks for the response.

    The problem with those instructions is that you must click on Cortana in order to sign in to Cortana. I don't have Cortana to begin with.
    I have a magnifying glass in her place, and when I click on it, there is no "Notebook icon", or any prompts to sign in to anything.
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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       16 Dec 2017 #4

    There is always the repair install method.
    That's actually my favorite, when I just don't feel like troubleshooting
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  5.    16 Dec 2017 #5

    Yeah. May as well do that. Thanks.
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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       16 Dec 2017 #6

    bradleypariah said: View Post
    Yeah. May as well do that. Thanks.
    You're welcome, I hope it fixes it:)
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  7.    16 Dec 2017 #7

    All clear. Have to reinstall my favorite software, but that's it. I even played a game before I realized I haven't downloaded my Nvidia driver. I was wondering why I saw so much screen-tearing!
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