How to Disable Cortana on Windows 10

November 28, 2018

Almost everyone has heard of the Cortana virtual assistant. Microsoft made it available into every Windows 10 system. It works similar to another virtual assistant like Siri and Alexa. Cortana is designed to provide numerous functionalities to the user including search, scheduling, and other functions that allow you to interact with the system using your voice. Yes! It is quite a useful feature that reduces the stress of typing in every query or remembering every task. However, Cortana collects all these information such as your preferences, location and may share it with other Windows users or other service providers. So, for those who are concerned about privacy, you simply need to disable Cortana Windows 10 from the Windows registry. If you are still confused about how to disable Cortana, follow these below steps that makes it completely disabled.

Disable Cortana Completely

When the Windows 10 was released, the process to disable Cortana Windows 10 was just as simple as switching digital assistant. Now, with the Microsoft anniversary update, it has completely changed the process which made the users a bit confused. To make it simple and understandable, here we have included step by step process to disable Cortana. Before starting off with the process, make sure to take a backup of the system data so as to avoid any consequences. Have Windows 10 problems? Here is how to fix?

Step 1: Right click on the start menu, click on run.

Step 2: Here, type in Regedit and enter to open the registry editor.

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Step 3: A pop-up window(User Account control) appears, click on yes to continue.

Step 4: Now, navigate through this path Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Step 5: In this Windows directory, create a new key and name it as a Windows search.

Step 6: Again right click on the new Windows search key to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value. Rename it as Allow Cortana.

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Step 7: Double-click on the Allow Cortana and set its default value to zero. This will disable Cortana completely. Whenever you want to enable it again, just set this value to one.

Step 8: Close the registry editor and reboot the device.

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Prevent Cortana From Knowing Personal Information

In case you don’t prefer to disable Cortana Windows 10 completely, then there is even an option to prevent it from knowing personal information or your habits.

Step 1: Click on the Cortana icon or the search box available next to the search key.

Step 2: Open settings-→ turn off all the options by toggling it from on to off.

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Step 3: Scroll to the top end of the settings and click on Change What Cortana knows about me in the cloud.

Step 4: Microsoft will fetch the page of personal information.

Step 5: Once loaded, scroll to the bottom and hit clear.

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To make it easier while accessing the system, Cortana also analyses and remembers your talking and typing habits. You can even turn off this by following these steps.

Step 1: Click on start-→settings gear icon.

Step 2: Hit privacy to find speech, inking & typing.

Step 3: Select stop getting to know me.

This option will disable dictation feature across Windows 10.

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