Windows 10: Turn Cortana off without disabling it?

  1.    20 Apr 2016 #1

    Turn Cortana off without disabling it?


    Hi All,

    I've had so much useful info from this site over the last 7 months as I've been playing with win 10 but this is my first post so I apologise if it's on the wrong board.

    I'm trying to find out whether it is possible to turn Cortana on or off via Group Policy or the Registry but I don't want to disable it. I've already seen the GP and reg settings to disable/enable Cortana.

    The company I work for are about to deploy Windows 10 and there has been a business decision to have Cortana switched off by default but allow the users to turn it back on if they wish.

    Windows 10 will be deployed via SCCM and if I can't find a way to control the settings from GP or the registry I'll have to go and amend the base image to have Cortana turned off and re-capture it.

    Any help would be very grateful.

    Cheers,

    Westy
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,731
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       20 Apr 2016 #2

    Hello Westy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial below can show you how to turn on/off Cortana, but it's a per account setting and not global like the enable/disable option.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 2,331
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       20 Apr 2016 #3

    Hello and glad to hear you have found the site useful

    I am sure you have seen the tutorials on Cortana so I wont list those. As you say it is easy to disable and enable Cortana via the GP or Reg route but simply turning on or off is done in the Cortana Settings. My recollection is that W10 starts out with Cortana OFF by default. Have you found that to not be the case for you? Perhaps it is controlled by some of the privacy settings you decide during the initial setup.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    20 Apr 2016 #4

    Cheers for the warm welcome fellas.

    I have indeed checked through the tutorials and have seen the one posted by Brink but I need a way to manage these settings centrally if possible.

    I've found that on the Threshold 2 (1511) release that Cortana is on by default and by clicking on the search bar in the bottom left you are asked whether you wish to continue or "not interested". Continuing then prompts for a windows login, and "not interested" switches Cortana off which can be seen in the options.

    I'm hoping there is a way to have it turned off by default and the end user then has to go into settings and turn it on should they wish to use it. If as Brink says the Cortana settings are based per user I need to see if it's possible to set it as off in the default user profile. I have a feeling this isn't going to be possible.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    20 Apr 2016 #5

    Westy, why would you want to do that?

    The last few Windows OSs have had terrible search engines. Cortana lets you easily get to things like Restore point, Settings, Device Manager if you don't know another way. On the web, it is a powerful search engine that is at least equivalent to Google and Yahoo. Cortana can be shrunk down to a magnifying glass icon to save space, but there is no good reason to get rid of it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    20 Apr 2016 #6

    Vince Massi said: View Post
    Westy, why would you want to do that?

    The last few Windows OSs have had terrible search engines. Cortana lets you easily get to things like Restore point, Settings, Device Manager if you don't know another way. On the web, it is a powerful search engine that is at least equivalent to Google and Yahoo. Cortana can be shrunk down to a magnifying glass icon to save space, but there is no good reason to get rid of it.
    Hi Vince,

    Basically this has been a security decision by the business due to all the data collection scaremongering. The business like to let their users be as flexible as possible so they want it switched off by default but allow the end user to turn it on if they want to. If it was my decision I'd leave it on.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    22 Apr 2016 #7

    Would simply hiding the search bar be enough to satisfy your bosses? (= rt click on taskbar and click Cortana, Hidden)
    If that could be done remotely...

    These hot keys still apply:
    Windows key + S, Windows key + C launch Cortana.

    I suspect turning Cortana off completely inhibits searching in Settings (which is dependent, like Cortana's 'My Stuff' on Windows search index)- think I noted that when Cortana was 'broken' once.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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