Turn off Cortana and Replace it with Windows Search

We all aware with the name Cortana, it is a voice0-controlled virtual assistant for Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1aand almost similar to Siri, the intelligent assistant facilitated only on Apple Devices. Cortana always allows you to search settings, files, folders, apps and many more easily on your device. But the only drawback is that Cortana uses internet data and pose privacy concerns for some users.

Before the anniversary of Windows 10 update, any user can easily disable Cortana, but after that Microsoft has decided to make its harder, by just hoping to persuade people to use it. To disabling the Cortana, you can easily log out from your Microsoft account, but it leaves the Cortana icon or box on your Taskbar. However, if you want to disable Cortana permanently, then you have to use the Registry Editor or the Local Group Policy Editor.

So, if you don’t want to use Cortana, and want to disable it, then you need to follow few simple steps of how to disable it and replace it with the Windows search. The steps are discussed below:

Disable Cortana by Using the Registry Editor

If any user is running the Windows 10 Home, then they have to use the Registry Editor to permanently disable Cortana, since the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro.

Though the Registry is a very influential tool, if it is misused, then it can also make your system unstable or even unusable. Although it’s a very simple change, if you follow the instruction carefully then you shouldn’t have to face any problem or issue. But before making any changes, confirm that you back up the computer system and also the Registry.

Before continuing the process, you also need to make a System Restore Point on your system.

To Launch the Registry Editor,

  1. Click on the start tab
  2. Hit the key on the keyboard and type Windows key+ R. To open the Run dialog box
  3. Again, type “regedit” in the Open box. Click on the Enter.
  4. Finally, click on the OK tab.
  5. A User Control dialog box will appear on the screen. Click on the “Yes” tab.
  6. Navigate the below-given key inside the tree appears on the left:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
  1. Alternatively, you can Right-click on Windows folder. In the Windows folder, move to New Option, and select a Key
  2. Name the new key as “Windows Search.”
  3. Right-click on Windows Search. It is located in the left panel and move towards the option New, and select DWORD (32-bit) value.
  4. Name the value as AllowCortana.
  5. Double-click on Edit DWORD(32-bit) Value dialog box. Only to change it.
  6. By default value should be set 0, if you want to change, change it.
  7. Click on the OK tab.
  8. Click on the File option. And select the Exit
  9. Again, you have to sign out and sign in for the change to take effect.
  10. Finally, click to restart your computer.

Finally, the Standard Windows Search will appear on the screen in place of the Cortana.

To add the icon again and also enabled the Cortana to the Taskbar, launch the Registry Editor and also delete the AllowCortana value you added, or you can also change its value to 1.

Disable Cortana by Using the Local Group Policy Editor

If you are running Windows 10 Pro on your computer, then here the Local Group Policy Editor will offer you one of the easiest ways to disable Cortana from your system.

Before making any changes in the Local Group Policy Editor or want to edit in the registry, then first you need to make a System Restore Point in your system. Only if something goes wrong, then you can easily get everything back on your system.

To launch the Local Group Policy Editor, you need to follow the below-given steps, which are very simple and easy to follow. The steps are discussed below:

  1. Click to Open Start menu tab.
  2. Hit the Windows + R key together on your keyboard.
  3. In the Open box, you need to type gpedit.msc.
  4. Then, hit Enter.
  5. Steer towards the Computer Configuration, click on Administrative Templates. Select Windows Components. And choose Search option located in the left panel of the screen.
  6. Alternatively, double-click on Allow Cortana. It is located on the right of the screen.
  7. Finally, click on Allow Cortana.
  8. Click on the OK button.
  9. The process of Disable Cortana by using the Local Group Policy Editor is complete. Close the Window.
  10. For successfully apply the changes, click to restart your system.

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