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  1. atinfo's Avatar
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    Brink said:
    I must admit that I don't see any reason for why Cortana isn't working for you so far.

    If you like, you could try doing a repair install of Windows to see if that may be able to fix Cortana.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    I don't want to reinstall desktop apps and apply personal settings and configuration again, after creators update release I installed Win 10 (using clean installation method) and desktop apps and applied my personal settings and configurations. I would try SFC or DISM. and post the result.
    Thanks :)
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  2. atinfo's Avatar
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       #51

    atinfo said:
    I don't want to reinstall desktop apps and apply personal settings and configuration again, after creators update release I installed Win 10 (using clean installation method) and desktop apps and applied my personal settings and configurations. I would try SFC or DISM. and post the result.
    Thanks :)
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    SFC didn't help!
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    I just got a new surface pro and set it up. Cortana was enabled. I think during setup I clicked allow access. I used the gpedit method to disable. Thanks. However, I looked at my other two machines. Once is a Pro 4 and I have Cortana disabled, but never did the GPedit (says not configured) and I do not see the registry key Windows Search under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\.

    Any reason this key is not on the other machines but Cotana is still disabled?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #53

    Hello Mike, :)

    The HKLM location is only also needed when manually setting the policy via the registry to have it applied to all users.

    It is not required when the policy is set via gpedit.msc.
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       #54

    thanks. What I am wondering is on my other two machines, Surface Pro 4 and a Dell Workstation, I have Cortana disabled. I am not sure when I disabled it. The gpedit is set to not configured and the registry key is not listed either. Both are on Creator's update.

    When setting up the new surface pro, I clicked ok to grant Cortana access. I guess I should not have.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #55

    I'm not sure unless you may have used some other method or policy to effectively disable Cortana.

    The policy in option 1 sets the HKLM registry location in option 2.
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    Could it have been done by the privacy settings when upgrade to Creators Update? I think I might have said no (if that was an option). On this new surface pro, I selected yes about giving Cortana Access and maybe should have said no.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #57

    Say no to the privacy setting would basically be the same as turning off Cortana (not signed in to) instead of disabling it.

    Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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    I am not sure if that link is it. I am trying to make the new machine like my other two. The other two I did not use gpedit or a reg edit. I must be missing a setting. The other two show a search windows on the task bar and not Cortana. I can get that on the new one using gpedit, but trying to figure out how I did on the other ones without that.
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