Cortana, the official digital assistant for Windows computers, was first introduced with Windows 10 in response to Apple's Siri and Google Now. But as practical as the app is, the problems it creates for user privacy cannot be overlooked.
Maybe that's why Microsoft decided to drop it for the new Windows 11. Microsoft didn't completely remove Cortana, however; it's just disabled by default. For some users, however, Cortana is too good a luxury to be abandoned. And if you are one of those users, don't worry – we are here for you.
This article describes the best ways to enable (and disable) Cortana on your Windows 11 PC.
How to enable Cortana in Windows 11
If you agree with the privacy loopholes of voice assistants – and believe us, there are many – then follow the steps below to activate Cortana on your Windows 11. Also note that Cortana is installed by default. I really need to activate it.
You can quickly use Cortana on Windows 11 by using the Start menu's search bar. Here's how:
- Go to Start menu search bar, enter “cortana” and choose the best match.
- When the Cortana app opens, click Log in, and sign in with your Microsoft account.
- Then click on Accept and continue.
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Do this and you will be signed into your Cortana account. Then the app will start.
2. How to activate Cortana via Task Manager
If the above method fails to launch the app for one reason or another, you can use Task Manager to get a similar result. Task Manager is a program used to monitor the processes and applications running on your Windows, and can also be used to kill or manage applications.
Hence, it comes in handy to enable Cortana in your Windows 11. To get started, do the following:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Del and choose Task manager. Alternatively, you can press CTRL + Shift + ESC.
- From there, click on the Start up Tab.
- now Right click Cortana to see the list of options.
- Choose from this list Activate.
How to turn off Cortana in Windows 11
However, when you've had enough of Cortana, you can simply turn it off by following the same steps you took to activate it above, apart from a few other useful methods that we list here. Let's go through them one by one.
1. How to deactivate Cortana via the Windows registry
The Windows registry is a hierarchical database that stores system-critical files that are continuously referenced by an operating system. Be it the kernel, a user interface, or even device drivers – they all have to access the registry at some point.
If you want to permanently disable Cortana, the Windows registry is your best bet. Now, before you dive headfirst into editing the registry, let's assume you've already backed up all of your Windows files. Don't make a mistake; Trying to make changes to the registry is not without its dangers.
Now that you've backed up your computer, here's how you can begin:
- Press Profit + r which open Run Dialog box.
- There enter & # 39; regedit & # 39; and press Enter.
- If that Windows registry starts, enter the following in the address bar: Computer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows
- Right click on the window Folder and select New> key Opportunity.
- Name the newly created key "Windows search".
- Right click in Windows search and select the New> DWORD (32-bit).
When you're done, rename the newly created file to AllowCortana.
Now start the AllowCortana File and place the Measured value to 0. Click on OK. When you're done, restart your PC to confirm the changes. Do this and Cortana will be permanently disabled on your PC.
Here's what you see when you try to restart Cortana from your PC.
But what if you want to turn Cortana back on? No problem. All you have to do is reset the value data from AllowCortana File from top to 1 and Cortana will be reactivated.
2. How to disable Cortana using the Group Policy Editor
Group Policy Editor is a Windows administration tool that you can use to configure important Windows settings known as Group Policy Settings. Group Policy is a Windows feature that lets you control the Windows working environment by tinkering with user and computer accounts.
You can turn off the Cortana app using the Policy Editor. To get started, do the following:
- Press Profit + r which open Run Dialog box.
- By doing Run Dialog box, enter 'gpedit.msc' and press Enter.
When the Group Policy Editor opens, select Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Search.
Of the seek Folder in the right pane of the dialog box do the following:
- Look for the policy file "Allow Cortana" and Right click thereon.
- Select here the Disabled person Radiobox and click on Use.
This will disable Cortana from Windows 11. To reactivate it, simply open the "Allow Cortana" settings back Allowsand you are returned to your previous settings.
3. How to deactivate Cortana via the Windows settings
Another way to disable Cortana on your Windows 11 is through the settings menu. To get started, do the following:
- Go to Start menu Search bar, enter "settings" and choose the best match. Alternatively, press Windows key + I together and the settings the menu will open.
- Click on Apps> Apps & Features.
- Navigate to the app list search bar, enter “cortana” and the Cortana app will appear. Right click on the Cortana options (three aligned dots) and select Expanded options.
- search for Runs when you log in Option and turn off the Shift key below.
Once you've completed all of the above, Cortana will be successfully disabled for your Windows 11.
Enabling and disabling Cortana on Windows 11
And that's all folks. Now you know all the surefire ways to change your Cortana settings on Windows 11. While we have nothing against Microsoft – or even virtual assistant programs – we recommend that you avoid them as much as possible. Aside from collecting your data and selling it to the highest bidder, all virtual assistants are prone to hacking, making their daily rollout an alarming prospect for most end users.
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Shaant is a staff writer at MUO. As a graduate in computer applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex things in plain English. When he's not researching or writing, he can enjoy a good book, run, or hang out with friends.
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