Can I completely disable Cortana on Windows 10?

This guide will show you how to disable Cortana on windows 10.

Cortana on Windows 10
Disable Cortana on Windows 10

Windows 10 users have been wondering for a while now if it is possible to disable Cortana. The answer is yes – but the process is not as straightforward as it used to be because Microsoft does not want you to disable Cortana. In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps necessary to disable Cortana completely and the consequences of doing so. Keep in mind that disabling Cortana may impact your user experience with Windows 10, so proceed with caution!

One reason you would want to disable Cortana is that Microsoft has restricted it to use only the Microsoft Edge browser. If this bothers you, here is how you can disable Cortana using the Registry.

Deleting Cortana Using the Registry

NOTE: The process involves editing a couple of keys and values, so be careful not to edit the wrong ones.
Make sure to back up your registry before making any changes. Learn how to do so in this article.

The following steps will disable Cortana on your device:

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R type "regedit" in the Run dialog box, and then press Enter or Click OK.


  2. Navigate to:


Under the windows folder, you should see Windows Search. If you can't find the Windows Search folder, right-click the Windows folder, and then click New > Key from the menu that appears. Name this new key Windows Search.


  1. Right-click the Windows Search key you created, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it AllowCortana. Press Enter to rename the value.


  2. Double-click this new key (AllowCortana) to open its properties, enter 0 if there is a 1 already in the Value data field, click OK, and then close the Registry Editor by clicking: File > Exit from the menu bar at the top of your screen.

    By following these steps, you should be able to disable Cortana on windows 10.

Re-enabling Cortana in Windows 10

You can re-enable Cortana by repeating the same steps, but this time changing the AllowCortana key to 1 instead of 0. And that is it.

These steps will disable Cortana on your device but may not be enough for some users who want more privacy than that offered by Microsoft’s digital assistant. If you are one of them, check out our guide on how to disable telemetry on Windows 10.

Consequences of Disabling Cortana on Windows 10

The consequences of disabling Cortana will vary depending on your situation and what you use Windows 10 for. If you primarily use your computer for basic browsing, email, and office productivity tasks, disabling Cortana may not have a significant impact on your user experience. However, if you rely on Cortana's advanced features for organization and productivity, or if you use Windows 10 as part of a more complex workflow that involves other applications and services, disabling Cortana may interfere with your ability to get things done efficiently.

Some of the drawback of disabling Cortana include:

  • Reduced Functionality in windows Searchand other Microsoft Services
  • Difficulty Using certain apps and feature that rely on Cortana or the built-in Windows Search
  • Possible impacts to the user experience due to restricted access to certain features of Windows 10
  • Potential Security riskd if you are not familiar with how to manage your device manually without Cortana's help.

Benefits of Having Cortana

While disabling Cortana may be tempting for some users, we strongly recommend against doing so unless you have a specific need or reason for doing so. There are many benefits to keeping this feature enabled:

  • Faster and more convenient access to information through Windows search
  • Increased flexibility in customizing your device
  • Better protection against potential security risks.

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