Windows 10: Get Cortana back on Solved

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Get Cortana back on


    I am signed into Windows 10 with a local account. When asked if I wanted to use Cortana, i stated no thanks.
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    How do I get it back?

    I want to use it with my local account using the following instructions.

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    I hope someone can assist. I have be using a search engine trying to find the answer, but I cannot get Cortana turned back on.

    Thank you.
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  2. Posts : 27,264
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
       1 Week Ago #2

    Hello Bob,

    You can use Cortana as is, but you would need to sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft account to use Cortana's personalization. You will still sign in to Windows 10 with your local account though. Signing in to Cortana with your Microsoft account doesn't switch your account used to sign in to Windows.

    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 help Apps Features Tutorials
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    I don't have the Cortana icon in my search window

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    I appreciate the quick response and am not sure if I am missing something.

    Thank you
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  4. Posts : 27,264
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
       1 Week Ago #4

    In that case, check to see if you may have disabled Cortana using the method in the tutorial below. If so, enable it to see if that does the trick for you.

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 help Apps Features Tutorials
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Thank you for the suggestions. I have tried both. I rebooted after attempting each one and all i have his Windows search, no Cortana at all. I don't want to reinstall as this is on a dual boot configuration and I finally have the desktop the way I want it. I also have a few programs installed that I really don't want to go through with re-install if I would reset the computer.

    Again, thanks for the quick responses.

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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    Reinstall 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.

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




    3. Restart your computer.
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  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    tried running this commands twice....... rebooted each time. No change.

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  8. Posts : 27,264
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
       1 Week Ago #8

    Bob,

    If you like, you could do a repair install to fix any issues with Windows to hopefully include Cortana without losing anything.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade help Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    I reset windows, had trouble getting my start menu config back from backup. I am doing it manually now. Thank you everyone who replied.
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  10. Posts : 27,264
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
       1 Week Ago #10

    I'm glad you got it sorted.
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