How To Disable Cortana In Windows 10 Home & Pro Permanently

How To Disable Cortana In Windows 10 Permanently

Cortana, the AI assistant by Windows proves to be a very helpful one and is used by many for web searching, managing calendar appointments, etc. However, some people wish to not use it for privacy reasons. This is because they do not want Cortana to collect all their personal information and share it with Microsoft!

The previous version of Windows allowed Cortana to be disabled by just a toggle button. The recent update, however, makes it nearly impossible to permanently disable Cortana. That is the reason that we’ll discuss how to disable Cortana in Windows10 permanently.

Disable Windows 10 Cortana

Windows has different versions in which the steps to disable Cortana might differ. Therefore, we will go through the steps of the Windows Home and Windows Pro version for disabling Cortana separately. With that said, let’s get to know how to disable Cortana on Windows 10.

How To Disable Cortana Windows 10 Home

Disabling Cortana in Windows 10 Home requires the editing of Windows Registry. Therefore, it is highly suggested that people create a restore point before following this process, just to be on the safe side.

  • Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run command box.
  • Enter Regedit and hit enter to open it.
  • Follow the path ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows’.
  • Now right click on the Windows directory and in the New, select the Key option.
  • Type ‘Windows Search’ and press enter.
  • Now right click on Windows Search and from New, choose DWORD (32-bit) value.
  • Enter Allow Cortana and press enter.
  • Douuble click on the ‘Allow Cortana’ option and set 0 as its value.
  • Restart your system and your work is complete! Cortana will be successfully disabled.

How To Disable Cortana Windows 10 Pro

Disabling Cortana Windows 10 Pro is easy as the option for using Group Policy is available in it. Through Group Policy, Cortana can be disabled in just a few minutes with the least effect on the system’s data. Follow the steps given below to Disable Windows 10 Pro Cortana permanently.

  • Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run command box.
  • Enter gpedit.msc and hit enter to open it.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, follow the path ‘Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search.
  • From the right side, click on the Allow Cortana option.
  • The Allow Cortana window will appear. Right click on it and choose Edit.
  • From the list of options on the top left, choose the radio button which says ‘Disabled’
  • Now apply all the changes by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button.
  • Now you’ll be able to see Disabled written on the Allow Cortana.

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