How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10 (2 Methods)

-

|

Introduction

Some Windows 10 users may not like Cortana. Solution? Disable Cortana. You are probably reading this because you belong to this group that want Cortana out of your computer! This guide offers you 2 ways to disable Cortana in Windows 10.

The options discussed in this guide were all tested with Windows 10 Update 1903.
Advertisement

Options to Disable Cortana in Windows 10

Want to Disable Cortana in Windows 10? Here are your options:

1
Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

Here are the steps to disable Cortana with Group Policy:

  • Type Windows + R (Windows logo on your keyboard pressed simultaneously with the R key). Run command will open.
  • At the Run command type GPEDIT.msc and press OK.
  • When Local Group Policy opens, navigate to:
Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
disable cortana windows 10
  • Locate and double-click the policy called Allow Cortana. Then click Disabled, then Apply.
disable cortana windows 10
  • When you finish the policy Allow Cortana will now show Disabled. Restart your computer.
disable cortana windows 10
If you prefer not to restart your computer. You can enter GPUpdate /force in an elevated command prompt. Then click enter.
Advertisement

2
Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Using Registry

The second option to disable Cortana is to do it via Registry.

Warning!
Editing Windows registry may render your PC unusable. Before you proceed Create a restore point first.

Here are the steps:

  • Type Windows + R (Windows logo pressed simultaneously with the R key). Run command will open.
  • At Run command type Regedit. Then press OK to open Windows registry editor.
  • Nedxt, navigate to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  • Locate a key called Windows Search. If this key does not exist, create it.
  • To create Windows Search:
  • Right-click Windows key, point to New. Then select Key.
  • On the new key, enter Windows Search.

The next task is to create a DWord value called AllowCortana. To do this:

  • Right-click Windows Search, point to New. Then select DWORD (32-bit) Value
create a DWord value called AllowCortana
  • Name the DWord AllowCortana.
  • Double-click AllowCortana. Then change the Value data from 0 to 1 and click OK.
  • Restart your computer and Cortana will be gone for good!
Advertisement

Conclusion

The two methods presented in this guide will disable Cortana in Windows 10. Kindly share the method you used and why. You may also share why you removed Cortana.

To give a feedback use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

Want more Windows 10 guides or fixes? Visit our Windows 10 Support page.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

FEATURED POSTS

How to Share a Folder in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos how to share folder in windows 10. It covers 3 methods. Options...

How to Map Network Drive in Windows 10 (5 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos 5 methods to Map Network Drive in Windows 10. Options to...
How to Install Windows 10 1909 Preview Build

How to Install Windows 10 19H2 Preview Build

Introduction If you are a member of Windows 10 Insider Program you can install Windows 10 19H2 Preview Build....

How to Sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account

Introduction When you installed Windows 10 you may have created and signed in with a local account. You can...
Disable IPv6 in Windows 10

How to Disable IPv6 in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos 3 methods to disable IPv6 in Windows 10: Disable IPv6 from...

Advertisement

TRENDING POSTS

Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop Connection an Internal Error Has Occurred [Fixed]

Introduction I recently received the error message "Remote Desktop Connection an Internal Error Has Occurred". It was strange because...

Find My Samsung: Register and Use Samsung Find my Mobile

Introduction Ever wondered how you could find your Samsung phone if you lost it? Find my Samsung or Samsung...
What is the Difference Between PowerShell and CMD?

Windows Powershell vs CMD: Differences and Similarities

Introduction This short guide compares Windows PowerShell vs CMD (Windows command prompt). I will cover the history and nature...
Spotify No Longer Supports this Version of Microsoft Edge

Spotify No Longer Supports this Version of Microsoft Edge [Fixed]

Introduction When you open Spotify web player on Microsoft Edge, you may receive the error message "Spotify No Longer...
Windows 10 Won't Boot

Windows 10 Won’t Boot With Black Screen? 3 Ways to Fix It

Why Won't Windows 10 Boot Up? If your Windows 10 stops with a black screen, the first question in...

Advertisement

BEST OF ITECHGUIDES

preparing to configure windows stuck

How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck at “Preparing To Configure Windows..”

Introduction Here is how this plays out: Windows update notifies you of available updates. You download and install them....
windows 10 start menu not working featured

How to Restore Windows 10 Start Menu if it Stops Working

Introduction Windows 10 start menu not working? You are not alone! A number of Windows 10 users report that...
routing and remote access windows server 2016

Routing and Remote Access in Windows Server 2016 (Part 1): Install Remote Access Role

Introduction This is the first of a 4-part "Routing and Remote Access in Windows Server 2016" series.
Windows Cannot Find GPEDIT.MSC or GPEDIT.MSC Not Found [Fixed]

Windows Cannot Find GPEDIT.MSC or GPEDIT.MSC Not Found [Fixed]

Introduction If you try opening gpedit.msc from Windows 10 Home you will receive the error message windows cannot find...

Excel Substring: How to Get (Extract) Substring in Excel

Introduction An Excel substring is a portion of a text in a cell. For instance, if a cell contains...

RECENT POSTS

How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos 3 methods to enable Hyper-V in Windows 10. To install Hyper-V...
RSAT Tools in Windows 10 Explained: Plus How to Install RSAT

RSAT Tools in Windows 10 Explained: Plus How to Install RSAT

Introduction Starting from October 2018 (1809) update, RSAT Tools became part of Windows 10. From this version of Windows...

How to Enable RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos 3 methods to enable Active Directory in Windows 10. It is not exactly enabling "Active...
How to Install Windows 10 1909 Preview Build

How to Install Windows 10 1909 (19H2) Preview Build

Introduction Windows 10 1909 Preview is available for Windows Insiders. Made available early September, 2019 you have to be...
How to Install RSAT in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

How to Install RSAT in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos how to Install RSAT in Windows 10. Starting with Windows 10...

How to Share a Folder in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos how to share folder in windows 10. It covers 3 methods. Options...
Configure Map Network Drive with Group Policy

Map Network Drive in Windows 10 with Group Policy

Introduction This guide demos how to map network drive with group policy. This guide is...

How to Map Network Drive in Windows 10 (5 Methods)

Introduction This guide demos 5 methods to Map Network Drive in Windows 10. Options to...
How to Download Windows 10 ISO with Media Creation Tool

How to Download Windows 10 ISO with Media Creation Tool

Introduction This guide demos the steps to download Windows 10 ISO. You can download Windows 10 ISO with Media...

How to Install Windows 10 from Network Boot (Via WDS Server)

Introduction This guide demos how to install Windows 10 from network boot. The steps discussed in...

Advertisement

MUST READ

How to Install and Configure DNS on Windows Server 2016

How to Install and Configure DNS on Windows Server 2016

Introduction This guide demos how to install and configure DNS on windows server 2016. Steps...
Outlook 365: Subscription, Installation and Set Up

Outlook 365: Subscription, Installation and Set Up

If you are reading this you are probably one of the many people asking a lot of question about outlook 365 -...
windows can t communicate with the device or resource

How to Fix “Windows Can’t Communicate with the Device or Resource (Primary DNS Server).”

Introduction Here is typically how this plays out: your computer worked well the previous day. But today you can't...
Windows 10 Network Discovery Keeps Turning Off

How to Fix Network Discovery If it Keeps Turning Off in Windows 10

Does your Windows 10 network discovery keep turning off? It is likely that one of its dependent services is not started.
Windows defender blocked by Group Policy

Windows Defender Blocked by Group Policy [Fixed]

Introduction If you receive the error message Windows Defender is blocked by group policy, your computer may have been...

By using this website you agree to accept our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions