Cortana freezes when typing in a search

  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro

    Cortana freezes when typing in a search

    I'm having a fun problem on my shiny new Win 10 machine. Cortana freezes when I start to type in the search box.

    Is there

    1) a way to actually fix this? I've looked all over web and I don't see anything definitive
    2) is there a way to replace Cortana? I'm not thrilled with the share my world with Microsoft concept anyway.


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  2. Posts : 92
    Windows 10

    You can disable Cortana. Is the freeze related to network lag? She does require connection to Bing.
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  3. Posts : 4,527
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    Reinstalled Cortana using the following procedure:

    1. Open an elevated PowerShell window, press Win + X keys to open PowerShell.

    2. Execute following commands one at time.

    Get-Process  SearchUI | Stop-Process  –Force 
    Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    3. Restart your computer.

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks guys, that's helpful. For now I've disabled Cortana, and the plain search seems to be ok.

    I found out how to do that here:

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials

    But if I decide to reinstall it, I've got instructions now.
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  5. Posts : 4,527
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    We are glad to hear your issue has been resolved, thank you for letting us know that all is now well!
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  6. Posts : 194
    Windows 10

    I have the same issue, reinstalling just solves it for a few days, than it happens again randomly. I have the feeling, that it just happens if you type fast and hit enter, for example, I had it two times now when I did:

    contr + enter => frozen
    notep + enter => frozen

    You cant also disable cortana. If you "disable" it cortana just turns into an ordinary search and that will freeze too.
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