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  1.    05 May 2017 #1
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    Stop Cortana responding to "hey"?


    When I play music, Cortana gets activated three or four times per hour by responding to what the algorithm interprets as "hey" (even if it's entirely instrumental music). I haven't yet seen a false activation interpretation of "hey Cortana". Is there any way to stop Cortana responding to "hey" whilst leaving "hey Cortana" unaffected?
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  2.    05 May 2017 #2
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    Hi, or maybe 'hey' ... as you know you can disable Hey Cortana, or you could try training it... maybe to recognise
    'Oy, Cortana!'
    instead.
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  3.    05 May 2017 #3
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    Thanks for your response but I do not wish to disable 'Hey Cortana'. Let me clarify:

    I want to disable the response to 'hey'.
    I do not want to disable the response to 'hey Cortana'.

    Incidentally I just tried testing response to 'hey' and there isn't one, but Cortana continues to be activated by music and says 'hey' in the box where it would normally say 'hey Cortana'.
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  4.    05 May 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by THX1138 View Post
    Thanks for your response but I do not wish to disable 'Hey Cortana'. Let me clarify:

    I want to disable the response to 'hey'.
    I do not want to disable the response to 'hey Cortana'.

    Incidentally I just tried testing response to 'hey' and there isn't one, but Cortana continues to be activated by music and says 'hey' in the box where it would normally say 'hey Cortana'.
    Then train it to recognise only you - say it in something with a strong accent (Scouser, Brummie, Doric etc).
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  5.    05 May 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Then train it to recognise only you - say it in something with a strong accent (Scouser, Brummie, Doric etc).
    I already did that. Are the trainings additive? I don't see how using a strong fake accent will stop the program from finding that pattern in music. All it will do is make it respond to a slightly different pattern of music. The underlying problem remains that the computer is responding to sounds that the computer itself generated. The problem remains that a single syllable ('hey') is enough to activate Cortana when I want to limit it to more complex patterns ('hey Cortana').
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  6.    05 May 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by THX1138 View Post
    Incidentally I just tried testing response to 'hey' and there isn't one, but Cortana continues to be activated by music and says 'hey' in the box where it would normally say 'hey Cortana'.
    Did you see my suggestion about training it?

    If I just say Hey - nothing happens. Nor if I say 'Hey, you'.

    You could try disabling your microphone whilst playing music...

    I've not seen Cortana be triggered when I play music... is yours very loud?
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  7.    05 May 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Did you see my suggestion about training it?
    If I just say Hey - nothing happens. Nor if I say 'Hey, you'.
    You could try disabling your microphone whilst playing music...
    I've not seen Cortana be triggered when I play music... is yours very loud?
    I already did that. Are the trainings additive?

    I tried testing response to 'hey' and there isn't one, but Cortana continues to be activated by music and says 'hey' in the box where it would normally say 'hey Cortana'.

    I don't really want to unplug my microphone; plugging it in (or disabling and re-enabling it in settings) to use Cortana is more effort than just not using Cortana at all and doing things manually. I wouldn't say my music is particularly loud but the speakers and microphone are on the same desk.
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  8.    05 May 2017 #8
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    box where it would normally say 'hey Cortana'.
    - which box exactly? The one I showed above? And what's your build?

    (Windows key + R, winver).
    Thanks
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  9.    05 May 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    - which box exactly? The one I showed above? And what's your build?
    (Windows key + R, winver).
    Thanks
    My build is 15063.250

    The box I'm referring to is indicated in the following screenshot:

    http://imgur.com/PxibaHN.png
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  10.    05 May 2017 #10
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    Ok, so you have the Creator's Update; formerly, did you have the Anniversary build (1607) and if so, was Cortana ok then?

    Also have a look here
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    and check your microphone levels (I'm wondering about clipping and distortion). (Green bars)

    I've not seen any other reports of this problem...
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