No keyboard input for Cortana in 1903? Solved

  1. Bree's Avatar
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    No keyboard input for Cortana in 1903?

    It appears that since the divorce.....

    Going forward, we値l be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. ... when it rolls out to you, you値l find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.
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    ...Cortana is now exclusively voice-activated, and Search no longer includes Web results.

    So how do I see web results now if I search from Start/Taskbar with just a keyboard? The Mic is not available in a Hyper-V VM
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    Er.. you launch one of those things called a browser...


    you use a 3rd party start menu that offers web results too..

    (And hey, it's tough if you lose your voice... )

    Not much has changed in Cortana, except that it is strictly a voice assistant. However, you have a new Voice activation settings which allow apps to use this feature. Microsoft now allows to install third party assistants including Alexa, and this feature is responsible for giving the right permission.

    • Allows apps to use Voice activation.
    • Choose which apps can use voice activation
    • Configure if they can listen when the device is locked.
    While Search permission and history broadly remains the same, you have additional settings Searching Windows. Its the indexing status and settings.

    • Indexing Status tells how many items have been indexed, and the pending count.
    • Find My Files offers:
      • The classic mode which searches libraries and desktop.
      • Enhanced Mode is for entire PC

    • Excluded Folders
    • Advanced Search indexer settings.
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    Well, turns out I had shot myself in the foot years ago and it only came back to bite me when Cortana and Search went their separate ways.

    The clue was that upgrading a clean install of 1809 in another VM to 1903 did include web results in Search. The first system I upgraded was a VM clone of my main machine, on which years ago I had tweaked some registry settings experimenting with disabling Cortana. Turned out that also disabled web results in Search, so I put it back as it was (or so I thought). Well, the web results returned, at least.

    A side-by-side comparison of the two registries at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search and deleting any 'extras' that only the older machine had fixed this for me. Search now includes web results (a feature I've always found convenient).
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    Interesting- so effectively (for now) there's a feasible hack- until MS removes that in the code, perhaps..
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    Well, first time round I didn't take notes of exactly what I had to delete in the registry, so I had another go.

    I set the VM back to a checkpoint made just before the upgrade to 1903, then repeated the upgrade. Now I'm confused, this time round Search does include web results without me having to change anything...
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    And to answer my original question, how do you type questions for Cortana? Well, apparently the 'separation' was amicable, she's still listening in to your search queries. But now only pops in if she has something to add, or if you start your search query with 'Hey'.

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    Cortana didn't rap you on the knuckles for that?
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    thomaseg1 said: View Post
    Cortana didn't rap you on the knuckles for that?
    No, she has an amusing answer for that question - ask her yourself
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