Microsoft has introduced a new Windows 10 with its new personal assistance called Cortana. Cortana is one of the best and most useful features of Windows 10 that allows users to access displaying settings and notifications calendar reminders. Just Like Siri, you can ask Cortana Whatever you want to know and it will search for you.
Now so many users have reported that Microsoft is tracking their activity through Cortana. Cortana will gather data on you and ship back it to Microsoft, everything from the location to your surfing history. Microsoft says they use that information to boost its service and supply you with a more tailored experience. So users want to disable Cortana.
A Guide to Disable Cortana in Windows 10
The question is, Should you disable Cortana in Windows 10?
The answer is, it depends on you. If you don’t want to use this new feature and also stop Microsoft from accessing your private data then disable it. Microsoft does not allow us to disable Cortana, you have to follow some steps, as there is no direct option available.
Now there is not a direct option available that can allow you to disable Cortana in Windows 10. Here we are going to share step by step guide to stop Cortana.
Below are tested methods to turn off Cortana on Windows 10 laptops and desktops.
Lets’s get started.
Method 1: Disable Cortana on Windows 10 using Group Policy
Step 1: Press Win + R to open Run and then type gpedit.msc > OK.
Step 2: Go to this path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
Step 3: Double-click on Allow Cortana setting.
Step 4: Check the Disabled option > Apply > OK.
Step 5: Restart PC.
Method 2: Disable Cortana Using Registry Editor
The Registry is one of the more sensitive parts of your computer containing settings and options which are critical to its functionality. And with these settings, you can easily disable any service in Windows 10.
Step 1: Press Win + R > Open Run > Type Command regedit > OK.
Step 2: Go to this path:
Step 3: Find the Windows Search key. If not available, create it:
Step 4: Right-click the Windows key.
Step 5: Select New > click on Key.
Step 6: In the Name, Enter Windows Search as a key> Enter.
Step 7: Right-click the Windows Search > select New > click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Step 8: Name the new key AllowCortana > OK.
Step 9: Double-click the new key > set its value to 0.
Step 10: Restart the computer.
Use Our One-Click Registry Pack
If you know a little bit of programming and a Windows operating system, you can make your own registry file and use it to modify your system.
Rather than editing the registry manually, you can disable any Windows 10 feature with a single click.
Here we are sharing disable Cortana registry file, that you can use to turn off Cortana automatically.
All you have to do is, download the file > double click on it to run it.
You can also re-enable it using another registry file.
- Download registry pack to Disable/Enable Cortana
To Sum Up
Cortana is a useful feature on Windows 10. You can any questions like Siri, Alexa, and Google. But at the same time, it uses more RAM and CPU.
So it is good to disable it if you are using a small amount of RAM and a slower processor.
In this article, we tried to explain everything about disabling Cortana in Windows 10.
If you need more help, comment below.