How to disable Cortana?

Disable Cortana helps you in getting privacy by preventing it from sending on our personal computers. A reboot may be important because it takes time to update to more relevant content. It will help us gain a little privacy by keeping everything we do on our desktop computer from being sent back to Microsoft.

How to disable Cortana on Windows 10/11?

You need to go through the below mentioned methods to remove it completely. Using these, you can disable Cortana.

Method 1: Using task manager

This is one way to stop Cortana in its tracks, while exiting your startup apps:

  • First of all right-click on Start button.
  • Then open Task Manager.
  • Open startup tab.
  • Now find and right-click Cortana.
  • Select Disable.


  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  • Click on the Startup column.
  • Select Cortana > Disable > Start menu > find Cortana under All Apps.
  • Select the Cortana and click on the More.
  • Open the app settings and turn of the switch.

Method 2: Using registry

To completely disable Cortana one has to use the registry as Windows 10 Home edition does not have Group Policy Editor:

  • First press the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog and type: regedit
  • And press Enter or click OK.
  • Then the registry opens, then type the following command:
  • Right-click on the Windows folder and select New > Key, and name it: Windows Search.
  • Right-click an area on the right in the Windows Search folder
  • And choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Then name the DWORD Value: Allow Cortana, set its Value data to 0, and click OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and restart computer.

Method 3: Disable using group policy editor

  • Press Windows + R, typing “gpedit.msc” and hit the Enter button.
  • Open the followings : Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
  • Now click on the “Allow Cortana” setting.
  • Set the Cortana to “Disabled” > “OK”.
  • You can now close the group policy editor.
  • Double-click the “Enable Cortana” setting and change it to “Not Configured” or “Enabled”.

Method 4: Disable temporary

  • Click on the Cortana icon and select the three vertical dots.
  • Now, select the settings > Keyboard shortcut > Turn off Keyboard shortcut.
  • Restart your PC to apply the following changes.
  • Click on the Voice Activation > Permissions.
  • Turn off Let Cortana respond to “Cortana” keyword.