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    Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

    Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

    How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Apps & Features
    09 Sep 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10


    Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana youíre using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isnít available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

    If Cortana is not working, then reinstalling the app package for Cortana and re-registering Cortana may help fix it.

    This tutorial will show you how to reinstalling and re-registering Cortana for only your account (current user) or all users in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Reinstall and Re-register Cortana for Only Current User
    • Option Two: Reinstall and Re-register Cortana for All Users






    OPTION ONE

    Reinstall and Re-register Cortana for Only Current User


    1 Open PowerShell.

    2 Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell depending on which version of Windows 10 you have installed, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (Windows 10 version 2004 and higher)
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    OR

    (Windows 10 version 1909 and lower)
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    3 When finished, you can close PowerShell if you like.

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    OPTION TWO

    Reinstall and Re-register Cortana for All Users


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    1 Open an elevated PowerShell.

    2 Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell depending on which version of Windows 10 you have installed, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (Windows 10 version 2004 and higher)
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    OR

    (Windows 10 version 1909 and lower)
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    3 When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell if you like.

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    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 1,152
    Windows 10
       #1

    It didn't work:

    Windows PowerShellCopyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.error 0x80070002: Windows cannot create the AppContainer profile for theMicrosoft.Windows.Cortana_1.9.6.16299_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy package.NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] c47e4de5-b3e9-0007-2558-7ec4e9b3d301 in the Event Log or usethe command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID c47e4de5-b3e9-0007-2558-7ec4e9b3d301At line:1 char:54+ ... | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.I ...+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Windows\Syst...ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommandPS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    And now clicking on the start menu does nothing.
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  2. Posts : 1,152
    Windows 10
       #2

    Restarted to see if that would fix it, didn't. Clicking the navigation/action center icon does nothing, flag+P does nothing, any ideas?
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello mate, :)

    In that case, doing a repair install should fix this without losing anything.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 1,152
    Windows 10
       #4

    That got it, thanks!
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

    You're most welcome.
      My Computers


  6. map
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #6

    Thank you for this post. I lost the ability to hit the windows key and start typing letters like "C A L" to find the calculator, as an example. I did begin to suspect an issue with Cortana as no Cortana features were working either. Even searching "Cortana" in settings showed nothing for Cortana. Following the steps here, Cortana was restored and also the ability to find apps using the windows key and typing. Our corporate IT was not able to solve it, so finding this post was so helpful.
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  7. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    map said:
    Thank you for this post. I lost the ability to hit the windows key and start typing letters like "C A L" to find the calculator, as an example. I did begin to suspect an issue with Cortana as no Cortana features were working either. Even searching "Cortana" in settings showed nothing for Cortana. Following the steps here, Cortana was restored. Our corporate IT was not able to solve it, so finding this post was so helpful.

    You're most welcome map, and welcome to Ten Forums. I'm glad it was able to help.
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 68
    10 Pro
       #8

    Hi Brink
    Is there a way of just re-installing Cortana...? as the above commands will re-install every other app.
    Many thanks
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  9. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    ancient said:
    Hi Brink
    Is there a way of just re-installing Cortana...? as the above commands will re-install every other app.
    Many thanks

    Hello ancient,

    The commands in the tutorial will only affect Cortana, and no other app.

    The Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana bit in the command is what specifies this.
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