Unlike other versions of Microsoft’s operating system. Windows 10 has a wide variety of options that previous versions did not have, one of them is Cortana.
However, there are many users who do not need it or who do not like the idea of having the assistant active all the time. That is why in this article we are going to explain how to disable Cortana in Windows 10 in a very simple and above all fast way.
It is important that you keep in mind that in this process we are going to edit the Windows registry. Therefore, you have to be very careful and follow the steps to the letter since modifying something else can negatively impact the operation of the operating system.
It is not at all complicated to manipulate the Windows registry and if you follow the steps that we will discuss below, you will not have any kind of problem.
Disable Cortana in Windows 10
First of all, you must press the Windows key or click start.
Now just type “regedit” and hit enter. In order to enter the Registry Editor.
Go here: HKEYLOCALMACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows How do you do it? You just have to look at the part on the left, you have many folders.
Press on the arrows so that, to point to the right, they point down. Click on the dates that have the same name as I gave you above. Starting from: HKEYLOCALMACHINE, then SOFTWARE, then Policies, now Microsoft and to finish Windows. Important here is that in the end it is the one that says “Windows” without anything else, do not enter Windows Defender or Windows NT.
If there is no option in the Windows folder called “Windows Search” you will have to create it. All you have to do is right click on a blank space in the right column and then click on the option that says New and then Password. There you put the name Windows Search.
Next, you have to click on the “Windows Search” folder and then right click on the right column. You must choose New and then DWORD (32 bits).
As for the name write “AllowCortana” and create it.
After this, double click on the newly created DWORD to edit it. Where it says Value information you must specify “0”.
After all this process, the only thing left to do is restart the computer so that Cortana gets disabled from Windows 10.
How to remove Cortana Windows 10
As you will see, it is not complicated at all and once Cortana is deactivated in Windows 10 you will be able to use a search tool for applications and programs which works quite well.
Remember that this process can be reversed and is actually too easy to do. You have to go to that part of the Windows registry again, only in AllowCortana you must change the value from 0 to 1 to activate it again.
That would be the only thing you have to do to turn Cortana back on. But as you will see, it is quite easy to achieve it and despite the fact that manipulating the Windows registry may seem complicated to many users, if you do it carefully you should not have any kind of problem.