Switch off Cortana using the registry entry

There are several ways to turn Cortana off on Windows 10 . We reported a while ago on how you can switch off Cortana using the local group policy . Today we want to go into that again, but show you a solution via the Windows registry . You have to do the following

Disable Cortana

First you have to start the registry editor (regedit.exe) and switch to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Windows Search

If you are looking for a quick way to jump to a registry key , take a look at the ” Regjump ” tool , which we reported a while ago.

In the registry editor you have to create another DWord (32-bit) value , which is given the following name


This looks like this in the Windows Registry Editor:


To really switch Cortana off, you have to assign the value ” AllowCortana ” to the value ” 0 “. If you change the value to ” 1 “, Cortana is deactivated again . You can achieve the same by deleting the entire new entry.

The changes in the registry also have an immediate effect; a restart of Windows 10 is not necessary.

If you are interested in other interesting articles about registry adjustments , please take a look at the following articles.

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