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    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. Cortana is one click away on the taskbar, helping you find the things you need while proactively bringing you information you care about. Cortana can help you search in Windows 10 for apps, settings, and files as well as searching the web. Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. You can access Cortana with your voice by clicking the microphone icon, then speaking to set reminders or ask about weather, sports, finance and other content from Bing. If you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

    For more information about Cortana, see:


    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability of all users to turn on Cortana in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable Cortana.

    Note   Note
    This will only enable or disable Cortana the personal assistant, and not the Cortana process (SearchUI.exe) used by Windows Search.

    If you disable Cortana, you will see a search icon or search icon on the search box instead of a Cortana icon on the taskbar. See: How to Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Cortana using Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Cortana using a REG file





    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Cortana using Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Search

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    3. In the right pane of Search in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Cortana policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Cortana

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Cortana

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    8. Either restart explorer, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.






    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Cortana using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

    AllowCortana DWORD

    0 = Disable
    1 or delete = Enable


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Cortana

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Cortana.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Cortana

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Cortana.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Either restart explorer, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 46
    Windows 11
       2016-01-21 #1

    What does it mean if I don't already have a Windows Search key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows?
    Will creating it do the trick, or could this setting be hiding elsewhere?

    Also, what is the difference between this tutorial and Cortana - Turn On or Off?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,357
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-01-22 #2

    Hello Michael,

    This tutorial uses a group policy to disable Cortana. If you don't have the Search key, then it just means that you do not have the policy added and enabled. The options to disable Cortana in the tutorial adds the policy to the registry for you.

    Disabling Cortana will disable the ability of all users to be able to turn on or off Cortana in their account.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 46
    Windows 11
       2016-01-22 #3

    Ah, I see. I went for this option because it could be achieved through the registry. I don't suppose you know of a way to only turn it off via the registry (rather than disable it entirely)? I suppose I should be asking this in the other thread...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,357
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-01-22 #4

    I'm not sure for a .reg file option yet for just turning off Cortana.

    Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    However, disabling Cortana would also turn off Cortana, but for all users.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    United States
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       2016-07-29 #5

    I get a notice that Cortana is disabled by company policy. I am running win10 64 home. I opend regedit and when to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search. My reg does not have AllowCortana DWORD.
    Since this is home edition there is no Group policy either. Is there another way?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,357
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-07-29 #6

    Hello tropicallime,

    Check to see if you may have the DWORD in the registry key below instead.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    United States
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       2016-07-29 #7

    Brink,
    Thanks for help. I have two PC one with Pro the other is home edition. The Pro PC works fine. I could not find
    the DWORD at this location on either PC.
    -> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 164
    Pro x64 Desktop v1607 14393.51, Home x64 Laptop v1607 14393.51
       2016-07-29 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Michael,

    This tutorial uses a group policy to disable Cortana. If you don't have the Search key, then it just means that you do not have the policy added and enabled. The options to disable Cortana in the tutorial adds the policy to the registry for you.

    Disabling Cortana will disable the ability of all users to be able to turn on or off Cortana in their account.
    Hi Brink,

    I am running Win 10x64 Pro. I used your reg file to disable Cortana but I still see it resident as a process with reserved memory;

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    I also see it listed here and it showed a minimum amount of usage after I executed your reg file, deleted usage history, and rebooted:

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    Are those expected results after disabling Cortana via your reg file?

    Thanks,

    aardvark
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,357
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-07-29 #9

    Hello aardvark,

    Yep, that's normal. That Cortana process is actually for Search instead of Cortana the assistant.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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