Apps Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 11


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⚠️ Starting with Windows 11 build 25967 (Canary), the Cortana app has been removed.


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Cortana for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Cortana is a personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, helping your users achieve more with less effort and focus on what matters. The Cortana app in Windows 10 and Windows 11 helps users quickly get information across Microsoft 365, using typed or spoken queries to connect with people, check calendars, set reminders, add tasks, and more.

Cortana is still included in Windows 11, but will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar by default.

References:

If you like, you can disable allowing Cortana usage by all users on the computer.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Cortana


Starting with Windows 11 build 25921 (Canary), you can uninstall Cortana like any other app.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Cortana in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Cortana using REG file


EXAMPLE: Cortana enabled and disabled

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Cortana_disabled.png





Option One

Enable or Disable Cortana in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search

Cortana_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Search in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Cortana policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Cortana for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Cortana_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Cortana for All Users

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Cortana_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Cortana using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Cortana for All Users

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_allowing_Cortana_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"AllowCortana"=-

3 Disable Cortana for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_allowing_Cortana_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"AllowCortana"=dword:00000000

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Hello @Brink,

If I uninstall Cortana, won't there be a problem with Windows (Search or ...)? I had it disabled in 21H2, and there was no Cortana in Store app list. But since the 22H2 update, Cortana appears in the Store app (I have disabled it in 22H2, too).

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    i7
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So doesn't disabling Cortana in the Taskmanager, Startup Tab do the same thing?
 

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There is no Cortana process in TM or Startup, just in the Store app list, and every time I open it (Store), the Cortana update is in progress.., and I have to cancel it! It bothers me.
 

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    i7
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    SSD
Hello @Brink,

If I uninstall Cortana, won't there be a problem with Windows (Search or ...)? I had it disabled in 21H2, and there was no Cortana in Store app list. But since the 22H2 update, Cortana appears in the Store app (I have disabled it in 22H2, too).

Hello mate,. :-)

Unfortunately, disabling Cortana doesn't uninstall it.
 

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I know GPEdit just disables it. I mean, by uninstalling Cortana (with Geek or PowerShell), would Windows functions (like search, Explorer, Edge) be faced with problems? I don't know what it is tied with.
 

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I know GPEdit just disables it. I mean, by uninstalling Cortana (with Geek or PowerShell), would Windows functions (like search, Explorer, Edge) be faced with problems? I don't know what it is tied with.

It shouldn't cause any issues since Cortana and Search were separated.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Many thanks.
 

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    i7
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