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How to disable Cortana in Windows 10

22 mayo, 2021

Microsoft’s personal assistant is one of the most iconic features of Windows 10, and yet there are many users who simply do not want to use Cortana or do not need it. If your computer came with Windows 10 pre-installed or you upgraded yourself from a previous version of Windows, you have already come across Cortana whether you like it or not.

Yes you want to get rid of Cortana on your computer Whether it’s simple personal preference or privacy concerns, there are several things you can do, from simply hiding it, to restricting the data you can access, to removing it entirely from the system.

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The first few measures are much simpler to take and may be sufficient for most users, but if you want to take a more drastic path you will have to edit the Windows registry. Be that as it may, we explain the options to you.


Hide Cortana from the taskbar

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In short, the simplest option and basically it is only aesthetic, Cortana will continue to work, but it will not appear permanently in the taskbar.

All you have to do is right click on the task bar, then navigate to the option “Cortana“and choose”Hidden“in the menu that pops up.

Stop talking to Cortana

From Cortana’s settings menu, you can change various settings so that the assistant stops listening to you and messing with your recommendations. Just click on the start button and type “Cortana”, then select the option “Cortana setup and search“.

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In the settings menu on the left choose “Talk to Cortana“and to the right uncheck all the boxes to disable “Hello Cortana”, “Keyboard Shortcut”, and “Lock Screen”.

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Then, in that same menu, click on “Manage the information Cortana can access from this device“and uncheck all the boxes as well:” Location, Contacts, email, calendar and communication history, and Browsing history. ”

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Finally, also take advantage and click on “Permissions and history” Y disable Windows cloud search, activity history, device history, and search history.

In this way, not only will Cortana stop bothering with advice and listening to what you say, but it will stop collecting data from your device and your activities.

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Remove Cortana completely

This is not the most recommended option but it is the most drastic and therefore the most complicated. If you don’t feel comfortable digging into the Windows registry, don’t even do it, but if it’s what you want and you know what you’re doing, keep reading.


Hit the start button, type “regedit“and press Enter. When Windows asks you if you want to open the editor, click Yes. Once in the Registry Editor window you must navigate through the folders to the path HKEY LOCAL MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WcmSvc “.

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Once there we right click on the folder WcmSvc (If it does not exist, create it) and we choose New Y Key code. We right-click the new folder created to rename it and call it “WindowsSearch“.


Then we right click on the WindowsSearch folder, choose “New” and DWORD value (32 bits). We give the name to the new value created on the right “AllowCortana“and press Enter. Following this we double click on it and in the box that appears we grant the value “0”.

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Now you just have to restart the computer and Cortana will have disappeared. If you later want to return Cortana to life, you just have to go back to the “AllowCortana” folder from the registry editor and change the value to 1 instead of 0.