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How To Completely Turn Off Cortana From Windows 10 (2018)


The most advanced version of Windows 10 was released in 2015, and with an amazing evolution of OS, we also have an assistant which is called Cortana. As it was revealed that, many people were getting disheartened and wanted to get rid of Cortana completely.

The foremost reason for disabling it was that Cortana was collecting data from computers and uploading the gathered information on the multiple servers. Though there were not enough evidence to prove it right it still manages to give tension to many people.

How to turn off Cortana?

Microsoft has really worked hard to resolve the grievances of people and did a lot of research to improvise Cortana. There are still lot many people who are completely distancing themselves with the AI assistant.

This happened because the integrated information and technology have not been come out as we expected it to be and that is the reason Cortana doesn’t feel like an actual AI. If we look at its stage, Cortana is actually having less AI features that can be really useful. We agree that it has some special features also but if we see Cortana along with advanced systems like Siri or majorly known google assistant, it just feels entirely incomplete.

What is Cortana?

As we are very much aware of the fact that Cortana is recognized as an AI assistant but, most people are unaware of the origins of this AI. Cortana inherited its name from the AI belong to the Halo series, you can have an access to windows phone 8.1 and Windows 10 from the very start.

AI has consistently worked but couldn’t please many people because they think that it is irrelevant to the market having no purpose to the technical world. AI has also been questioned because of collecting data and sharing it with the other servers. Cortana’s coding has a lot of special features that are processed into it. Despite lot many questioning it still serves some of the features that users found it really helpful.

Cortana is one platform that can manage your important meetings every day. Cortana consists of things like setting reminders, scheduling meetings, flight timings that presents a healthy and effective experience to its users.

Cortana is really human-like that make your life even simpler. It notes down everything for you, schedule your events, set reminders, and get the searched things for you. You can also get all the information that you need like recent movie release, worldly things, or even a joke. As AI has the capability to control the entire Windows environment. Cortana is an innovative step in the right direction even if you look at the Siri Apple.

How to turn off Cortana on windows 10?

After being accused of sharing and collecting private data to other servers, people eagerly waited to restrict themselves from Cortana. They had no sinful intentions behind collecting data, it simply was a practice that no one approves. Microsoft was guilty and issued an apology and provided a process to turn off Cortana if you wish to.

It has many ways from which you can turn off or disable your Cortana. But if you are thinking whether you can delete Cortana permanently or not, Microsoft is seeking ways to help you with the same but at this point of time, it is not really possible. We are sharing several ways hoe you can disable or turn off Cortana.

  1. Turnoff Cortana through Windows 10’s group policy

Step 1: Open (GP) editor

You must Type “gpedit.msc” in the taskbar and click Enter

Step 2:  follow through

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search

Step 3:  Click on settings box

You are supposed to Double-click on Allow Cortana to open its configuration panel

Step 4:  Cortana is disabled!

Click Apply and Exit.

  1. Disable Cortana with the registry editor

Turning off or disabling Cortana was easy earlier. Microsoft is trying all ways to please users to stay. The very convenient thing about Cortana is the people find out ways to disable it. This process might be intimidating but we will discuss many others to turn off Cortana later. For now, we must focus on what is significant.

Step 1: To open the ‘Run window’ you must click windows+ R key.

Step 2: you must type regedit and press OK.

Step 3: you will find a registry editor. Check out HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on the left, then tap on the program, and then tap on Microsoft, tap on Windows, and then tap on the Windows Search.

In many cases, you may not find the folder. Then right-click the Windows folder, tap on New, and then tap on Key.

Step 4: You will find Windows Search folder on the left side, move to the right side, and right-click there. A menu will appear, tap on New, and then tap on DWORD (32-bit).

Step 5: Once you are done, there you will find the window where you can add name the DWORD (32-bit). Simply move further and type ‘AllowCortana’. From the Value Data section, you just have to type 0.

Step 6: Click OK to confirm that your settings are saved.

Once you complete all the steps, go ahead and you must restart your computer. Once the computer starts, Cortana will not be working.

Final Verdict about turning off Cortana

It would be the injustice if I say that Cortana is a bad AI, it indeed is not. It is just the matter of a fact that Microsoft promised so much and failed to deliver it. But if we look at the facts, we will find that Cortana has got a huge hit after users found out that it is collecting information and hampering their private data. If you wish to keep your data private, disabling is the best option.

To give relaxation to its users, Microsoft has thankfully found out multiple ways to disable it by improving the whole windows ecosystem with advanced functioning and keeping the preferences of the users in mind.

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