We explain how to disable Cortana in Windows 10 | Digital Trends Spanish

Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual voice assistant, and it is one of the most interesting features of Windows 10, since in addition to allowing voice searches, it can give you countless suggestions. These include reminders of events scheduled on your calendar, ideas when searching for something on the web, and more. Now if you find this more annoying than useful and don’t use it for smart devices or other tasks, you can turn it off. We explain below how to disable Cortana in Windows 10.

It doesn’t matter what version of Windows 10 you’re running. However, keep in mind that when you disable Cortana, you will also lose some features. Doing so could affect natural language search and use of other smart assistants in Windows 10 like Alexa.

Disable Cortana in Windows Home

Disable Cortana in versions of Windows before Anniversary update It was as simple as flipping a switch, but in the newer versions, is a bit more complicated. You’re going to have to challenge the Windows Registry.

Note: The Windows Registry is not as scary as it used to be, but it still has a lot of power behind it. If you are not sure what you are doing at any point, make a backup copy and re-read the instructions.

Step 1: Open the Windows Registry editor by searching for it in the Windows search bar, or press the Windows key and R, type regedit, then click the button To accept. Give administrative approval when requested.

Step 2: use the menu on the left to navigate to:


Step 3: if you can access a folder called Windows Search (or Windows Search), do it. If that folder does not exist, create it by clicking the right button in the right panel and creating a new key. Replaces the name to Windows Search.

Step 4– Confirm that the Windows search folder is selected, then right-click in the right pane again and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value. Name it Allow Cortana and make sure its value is set to 0.

Step 5: restart your computer.

The next time you start Windows, you should find that Cortana has disappeared from your search bar.

If you want to reset it in the future, change the value Allow Cortana to 1.

Disable Cortana in Windows Pro or Enterprise

Regedit screen in Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise to learn how to disable Cortana

Windows Pro and Enterprise users can still use the sign-in method to disable Cortana. They also have access to the group policy editor, which makes the process a bit faster.

Step 1: open the Group Policy Editor by searching for it in the Windows search bar or by pressing Windows key + R, typing gpedit.msc and selecting the button To accept.

Step 2: Using the menu system on the left, select Equipment setup, followed by Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Search.

Step 3: seeks Allow Cortana in the right panel. Right click and select Edit on the menu.

Step 4: Use the three toggle buttons on the left side to select disabled. Then click the button Apply, followed by the button To accept.

Now you should disable the option Allow Cortana, in the Group Policy Editor window. Restart your computer and you will be free of Cortana.

To re-enable the wizard later, repeat the steps above and set it to Enabled.

Disabling “Hello Cortana”

Settings screen in Windows 10 to disable Hello Cortana

If you want to partially disable Cortana, but still leave the voice assistant running for searches and help with internet browsing, you can disable its ability to hear your call to action by disabling its “Hello Cortana” feature. This can also improve the battery life of a laptop.

Step 1– Search for Cortana in the Windows search box and select the corresponding result. Alternatively, open the menu Windows Settings by pressing Windows key + I and click on the Cortana icon.

Step 2: under the title Hello cortana, place the switch in the off position.

Manage what Cortana can do

Settings screen in Windows 10 to disable permissions to Cortana

If you want to limit what Cortana can do or control how it works, rather than turning it off completely, there are a few options you can tweak.

Step 1– Search for Cortana in the Windows search box and select the corresponding result. Alternatively, open the menu Windows Settings pressing Windows key + I and click the icon Cortana.

Step 2: Choose Permissions and history in the menu on the left.

There you will find several options that you can adjust, some of them are: if Cortana limits search queries based on adult content, if Cortana has access to your data in the cloud and if it shows your history of use of the cloud and the local device .

Activate or deactivate any of these options to your liking. If you want a clean start, the Clear My Device History button can get you back to where you started when it comes to Cortana.

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