How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft has been developing Windows 10 for a long time now and recently they have even launched Anniversary Update for Windows 10 users. If you have been using Windows 10, you may have got a tool called Cortana. Cortana is a digital voice assistant that helps users to do something using voice command. In other words, suppose, you want to send an email to someone or set a reminder to keep things in mind. At such moments, you can simply open Cortana do whatever you want.

With the Anniversary Update, Cortana has become ever better digital assistant for Windows 10 PC. However, Cortana gathers and sends a lot of information about you and your PC to Microsoft. For them, who uses Windows 10 just for fun, this is fine. However, if you use Windows 10 for working purpose and you are concerned about your security, you should not use Cortana in Windows 10.

Cortana does things automatically and for to do all the tasks, it has to synchronize with everything so that it can index and show you the result. Otherwise, you won’t get any result in the Cortana search box. However, if you do care about security or privacy, you can easily disable Cortana in Windows 10.

Disable Cortana in Windows 10


You do not have to install any third party software or do not have any expert knowledge. This is possible to turn off Cortana using Group Policy Editor as well as Registry Editor. However, if you are using Windows 10 Home Edition, you cannot use this Group Policy Editor since that is not available in that version of Windows 10.

Turn off Cortana using Registry Editor

Before opting for this method, make sure you have created a backup of Registry files and a system restore point. Following that, open Registry Editor. To do so, just press Win + R, type regedit and hit enter. Then, navigate to the following path,

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

Here, you have to create a value. Right-click on Windows Search, select New and opt for DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it AllowCortana. By default, the value would be 0, which is what you need. If you want to enable Cortana, just set the value to 1.

Disable Cortana using Group Policy Editor

This is easier than the aforementioned method. But, like said before, Windows 10 Home Edition users cannot use this method. Anyway, if you have another version, you can go for this technique.

At first, open Group Policy Editor. To do so, press Win + R, type gpedit.msc and hit enter. Then, navigate to the following path,

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search

On your right-hand side, you should get a label called Allow Cortana. Double click on this and save the settings as Disabled.

That’s it! This is as simple as said.


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