How to enable or disable Cortana in Windows 11

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If you want to enable or disable Cortana in Windows 11, you can do it with a few simple steps.

Cortana, the official digital assistant for Windows computers, was first introduced with Windows 10 as a response to Apple's Siri and Google Now. But as useful as the app is, the problems it causes for user privacy cannot be overlooked.

Perhaps this is why Microsoft has decided to abandon it for the new Windows 11. However, Microsoft has not completely removed Cortana; it is simply disabled by default. For some users, however, Cortana is too good a luxury to abandon. And if you're one of those users, don't worry - we've got what you need.



In this article, we'll look at the best ways to enable (and disable) Cortana on your Windows 11 PC.

How to enable Cortana in Windows 11

If you're okay with the privacy loopholes of voice assistants, and believe us there are plenty of them, follow the steps below to enable Cortana on Windows 11. Also, note that Cortana is installed by default, so all ' activate it.

How to enable Cortana via the Start menu search bar

You can quickly get started with Cortana on Windows 11 by using the Start Menu search bar. That's how:

  • Go to Start menu search bar , type "cortana" and select the best match.
  • When the Cortana app opens, click Log in and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Finally, click Accetta and continue .

Do this and you will be connected to your Cortana account. After that, the app will launch.

How to enable Cortana via Task Manager

If for one reason or another the above method fails to launch the app, you can use the Task Manager to get a similar result. A program designed to monitor processes and applications running on Windows, the Task Manager can also be used to terminate or manage applications.



Therefore, it will be useful to enable Cortana in Windows 11. Follow the steps below to get started:

  • Awards Ctrl + Shift + Del and select Activity management . Alternatively, you can press CTRL + Shift + ESC .
  • From there , click on the tab Start .
  • Time click il right mouse button on Cortana to view the list of options.
  • From this list, select Ability.

How to disable Cortana in Windows 11

However, if you've had enough of Cortana, you can easily disable it by following the same steps you followed above to enable it, as well as using a few other useful methods we'll list here. Let's go through them one by one.

How to disable Cortana via the Windows registry

The Windows registry is a hierarchical database that stores system-critical files that are continually referenced by an operating system. Whether it's the kernel, a user interface, or even device drivers, they will all need access to the registry sooner or later.

So, if you want to disable Cortana permanently, the Windows registry is your best bet. Now, before you dive right into editing the registry, let's assume you've already backed up all your Windows files. Make no mistakes; dabbling in registry changes is not without its dangers.

Once you've backed up your computer, here's how to get started:

  • Awards Win + R to open the dialog Run .
  • There, type “regedit” and press Submit .
  • When the Windows registry , type the following in the address bar:

    ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows


  • Click with il right mouse button on the folder Windows and select the option New> Key .
  • Name the newly created key “Windows Search” .
  • Click with il right mouse button on Windows Search and select New> DWORD (32 bit) .

When done, rename the newly created file to Allow Cortana .


Now start the file Allow Cortana and set i give of value to 0. Click OKAY. When done, restart your PC to make the changes solid. Do this and Cortana will be disabled on your PC permanently.

But what if you want to enable Cortana again? No problem. All you need to do is reset the AllowCortana file value data from above to 1 and Cortana will be enabled again.

How to disable Cortana with the Group Policy Editor

Group Policy Editor is a Windows administration tool that allows you to configure critical Windows settings, known as Group Policy settings. Group Policy is a Windows feature that allows you to control the Windows work environment, allowing you to tinker with user and computer accounts.


  1. Awards Win + R to open the dialog Run .
  2. In the dialog box Run , type "gpedit.msc" and press Submit .

When the Group Policy Editor opens, select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.

From the folder Search in the right pane of the dialog box, follow the steps below:

  • Look for the “Allow Cortana” policy file e click il right mouse button on it.
  • From here, choose the checkbox Disabled and click Apply .

This will disable Cortana from Windows 11. To re-enable it, simply set the "Allow Cortana" settings back to Qualified and you will return to the previous settings.


How to disable Cortana via Windows settings

Another way to disable Cortana on Windows 11 is through the Settings menu. To get started, follow the steps below:

  • Go to bar of search for Start menu , type “settings” and select the best match. Alternatively, press the key Windows + I together and the menu will open Settings .
  • click on App> Apps and features .
  • Navigate to the app list search bar, type “cortana” and the Cortana app will appear. Click with il right mouse button on Cortana options (three points aligned) and select Advanced options .
  • Look for i works at log-in option e deactivate the toggle button below it.

Once you have completed all of the above steps, Cortana will be successfully disabled for Windows 11.

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