How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10? [Protect Your Data]

Cortana is a virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 mobile, Windows phone, invoke smart speaker, Windows mixed reality, etc. It is a personalized application that can use the user’s data to anticipate the user’s needs. It collects the data by accessing the calendar, email, browsing history, etc. Cortana has an application programming interface and works with a variety of Windows applications. So a need arises to disable Cortana to protect your personal data.

Users can instruct Cortana to find information, schedule appointments, set reminders, and use other features of the application. It can also work with third-party applications like Twitter, Facebook, etc. The application came up with many advantages. But it also has many disadvantages mainly the privacy issue. Many users were not happy with this digital assistant because of privacy concerns. Let us take a look at how you can stop Cortana and secure your data on your PC.

How to Disable Cortana On Windows 10?

We have discussed all the possible ways that you can use to stop Cortana on Windows 10 and fasten your PC.

How to Stop Cortana Temporarily?

To disable Cortana temporarily, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Type Cortana in the Windows Search box
  • Select Cortana and Search Settings

  • Select “Talk to Cortana” tab and make sure the “Hey Cortana” and “Keyboard Shortcuts” are set to “Off

You can enable Cortana anytime by setting On the “Hey Cortana” and “Keyboard Shortcuts”

Disable Cortana via the Registry

Windows 10 Home users can disable the Cortana via the Registry. To do this,  follow the steps mentioned below

  • Press Windows Key and R simultaneously
  • Type “regedit” in the box and press Enter

  • Go to the following key-
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.
  • Windows search tab should be opened (If you are not able to see “Windows search” then right-click on the Windows folder and select New key and then name it “Windows search”)

  • Right-click on the Windows search folder and then select New> DWORD(32bit)value

  • Write “AllowCortana” in the value name box
  • Double-click on it to set the value “0

  • Sign out and sign back in or restart your PC for this change to take effect

To re-enable Cortana, use a system restore point. Alternatively, you can go back to the registry editor and delete the AllowCortana file created.

Disable Cortana via Group Policy

The users of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise can disable Cortana via Group Policy. To do this, follow these steps-

  • Press Windows key and R simultaneously
  • Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter

  • Follow this pathway –
  • Computer configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows components> Search
  • Double-click on the “Allow Cortana ” in the right pane

  • Set Allow Cortana option to “Disable” and click Ok

  • Sign out and sign back in or restart your PC for this change to take effect

To re-enable Cortana. repeat the above process and double-click on “Enable Cortana” setting and change it to “Enable”

Prevent Cortana From Storing Your Search History

If you don’t want to disable the Cortana completely, but want to prevent it from storing your search history. Then you can try the other ways. You can turn off each setting that allows Cortana to record and store your search information. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Type Cortana in the search box
  • Select Cortana and Search settings

  • Navigate to Permissions and history tab and set all options to Off
  • Scroll back to the top of the page and go to “Manage information Cortana can access from its device

  • Set all options to Off
  • Now navigate to Speech privacy settings on the same page
  • Set the Online speech recognization to Off

  • Return to the Permission and history page and select the option “Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud

  • A window will open. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Clear

Cortana will no longer able to gather information in any way. You can switch the settings to “On” anytime in the future if you want to use Cortana again.

Final Verdict

These were the ways to disable Cortana on your PC. However, disabling Cortana from your device could break search and lose some functionality such as reminders, personalized news, personalized search, etc. But sometimes it is important to disable Cortana especially if you are facing privacy issues or if your PC is slowing down.

This article will help you in disabling Cortana in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise versions. Be careful while attempting it because the tools used to disable Cortana are powerful and can harm your computer. Follow the steps accordingly. Keep visiting our website for more such information. For any query please comment below in the Comments box.


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