Cannot Invoke Cortana

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  1. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    To Techjourney: I ran the reinstall all apps command as Administrator and got the following results:

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocati
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path 'C:\AppXManifest.xml' because it does not exist.
    At line:1 char:28
    + ...  | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.I ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (C:\AppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFoundException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it
    modifies are currently in use.
    error 0x80073D02: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 33ad26c8-7cfd-0000-3ed1-b233fd7cd301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 33ad26c8-7cfd-0000-3ed1-b233fd7cd301
    At line:1 char:28
    + ...  | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.I ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (C:\Windows\Syst...ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand
    To Bree: Thanks for the tips -- although article #8, which I would delete, no longer seems to allow editing.

    Tp Dalchina: Here are the requested screen captures, thanks to Bree:

    After keying Win-S:
    Cannot Invoke Cortana-wscap.png

    After right-clicking in the Taskbar:
    Cannot Invoke Cortana-rctaskbar.png
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  2. Posts : 35,615
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Note: to use Prt Scr, then paste the buffer into say, Paint to see what you've captured, and hence save it.

    So, it looks as though you need to do the reverse of this:
    Replace cortana icon with search icon in Windows 10 v1607 - Super User

    This tutorial also addresses the difference between having a search magnifying glass symbol, a Cortana icon or a search box:
    Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    To dalchina: I have applied the reverse of the "Replace Cortana Icon ..." suggestion, tried to follow the complex instructions in the "Hide or Show ..." tutorials where applicable and rebooted with no change in either box previously captured and shown. While reading the latter suggestion and displaying the register I came across the following key:


    which contained several Cortana references as follows:
    CanCortanaBeEnabled    REG_DWORD    0X00000001 (1)
    CortanaCapabilities    REG_SZ        SpeechLanguage
    CortanaCapabilityFlags    REG_DWORD    0x00000200 (512)
    CortanaConsent        REG_DWORD    0x00000000 (0)
    CortanaInAmbientMode    REG_DWORD    0x00000000 (0)
    CortanaMUID        REG_DWORD    MUID=ff612640d69b43eaaa8e2b6002a36ea6
    CortanaStateLastRun    REG_BINARY    47 5d 3e 5a 00 00 00 00
    Should I change anything in them?
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  4. Posts : 35,615
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    If it helps, this is what I have:
    Cannot Invoke Cortana-1.jpg
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  5. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    (Tip to everyone: Don't click "Mark Solved" until you have clicked "Post Quick Reply." Apparently I just lost the previous "Quick Reply" by doing that.)

    Copying dalchina's registry entries (above) for "CortanaCapabilityFlags" and "CortanaConsent" did the trick. Now Win-S shows the Notebook icon, right-click-taskbar shows "Cortana" instead of "Search," and the magnifying glass on the taskbar (or is that the Start Bar?) is now replaced by the Cortana circle. Wonderful!

    Thank you all for your help!

    --Robert Smith
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  6. Posts : 35,615
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Glad it worked out for you.. now you can wish Cortana 'Happy Christmas'!
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