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Who is Cortana?

Q: Who is Cortana?

This Cortana feature seems like some kind of joke. Just installed Win10. Now, everytime my laptop goes to sleep, I have to re-boot to get it going again. I asked Cortana why, and the answer came back with a link to the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It In the Road"...

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A: Who is Cortana?

Answer to thread title: Cortana is the name of a fictional character in the Halo video game.

Now as to your question on it/her, in Windows 10, Cortana is a web search/system & folder search tool, that can be used by voice or text(typing). Like any search tool, you need to be more specific, and if using voice, Cortana needs to be trained. Also when cleaning your system(browser and OS) you need to make sure you DO NOT clean MS search or browser history, so Cortana can learn your interest's, and you can benefit from the advanced search algorithm.

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First, I'd like to point out that I found and read this thread that, in the last post, tells me how to disable Cortana. https://techguy.org/1185771

But for me, that is not enough. I want her file gone completely. I opened the file location and moved Cortana's file onto my desktop. I've yet to delete it because I don't know what harm could or could not happen.

That being said, let me tell you about my laptop, in case that makes any difference.
My laptop is a SonicMaster by Asus, E403S Series (the biggest piece of sh*t that I will NEVER buy again. SO MANY PROBLEMS.)

If any more laptop info is needed, let me know. While I'm considered the tech guru of my house, all of this is way beyond my head.
 

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On all my pc's I now have a "get cortana for my phone" message in all the cortana action windows. How in the heck do I get rid of this? it is screwing up all my viewing habits for weather, sports score etc.

Why does microsoft keep jamming all this junk in the cortana window, I don't want anything except what I choose to have displayed.

Terry

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Quote:




A couple weeks ago, we got an early look at Cortana in Windows 10 and thanks to the new leak of Windows 10 build 9901, we have a lot more to share about the new feature.
As you can see from the images in this post, in build 9901, Cortana is much more refined in her appearance and she appears to be more responsive on our install. More so, we can also dig into the settings of the feature and gain a better understanding of where the feature is headed.




Windows 10: Cortana gets refined, adds "Hey Cortana" feature - Neowin

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I really like the feature of Hey Cortana however it doesn't work consistently and it really annoys me, I've already check the mic setting and its on but still it wont work.

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Unless I click the microphone first. I have a brand new windows 10 computer. I've run set up to have her learn my voice and respond to Hey Cortana, but she will only hear me if I click the microphone first (and she has no problem hearing me). Googled this issue and it appears I'm not the only one with this problem and thus far Microsoft Forums have not really come up with a solution for me or anyone else, other than setting up a new account profile which didn't work. They want me to do a repair in place upgrade which means I'll have to reinstall windows 10. This is a windows 10 computer, not an upgrade. Is there any other option? Can you assist? I have RealTek Digital Output.
 

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Q: Cortana

My HP All In One computer Windows 10 had for 8 months. "Hey Cortana" worked very good up until a month ago. I still am able to type a question, The microphone does not work. I have no idea what happened.

A:Cortana

I had the same problem on my Dell. I then found out that it was 'noise enchantments' stopping the microphone from working properly. To fix this you go on your audio controller (Mine is called Dell audio but you have hp so it's probably different) then you find the microphone section and turn off all the enchantments.

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I've just activated Cortana but not having much luck.

Is there a guide anywhere as to what can/can't be done with the app?

For example, I added some things to my calendar, and asked if there was anything in there for today (both spoken and typed question).

When spoken, all I get in response is: 'Something's not right. Try again in a little bit'.

When typed, a search is performed, but no documents are found.

It's quite possible I'm totally misunderstanding how Cartana works, but I would have thought that searching my calendar would be fairly basic.

Any help appreciated.

A:Cortana - Something's not right

Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo


I've just activated Cortana but not having much luck.

Is there a guide anywhere as to what can/can't be done with the app?

For example, I added some things to my calendar, and asked if there was anything in there for today (both spoken and typed question).

When spoken, all I get in response is: 'Something's not right. Try again in a little bit'.

When typed, a search is performed, but no documents are found.

It's quite possible I'm totally misunderstanding how Cartana works, but I would have thought that searching my calendar would be fairly basic.

Any help appreciated.



Cortana has been extremely glitchy for the past few days; many have posted about it.
I suspect there may be some transitions going on internally in preparation for a new Build. I'm just guessing though.

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Q: Cortana

I cannot use the email function for Cortana it keeps saying add an account then the account already exists

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Does anyone use Cortana on their computer or tablet? Useful productivity tool, cute novelty, or marketing gimmick?

A:Do you use Cortana?

Originally Posted by pseudoware


Does anyone use Cortana on their computer or tablet? Useful productivity tool, cute novelty, or marketing gimmick?



Cortana is not avaliable in my language, and therfore i can not turn it on, even though i can speak english just fine.

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Q: Cortana

Is there any Cortana equivalent for Windows 8.1?

A:Cortana

Try Braina

S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

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Here's a short vid of Cortana in action on Build 9926, albeit in 'Her' limited capacity!
Mostly the standard funny stuff cuz 'she' sucks at performing the real tasks as of yet!
Enjoy.

Fun with Cortana - Edwin000's library

A:Fun with Cortana

Cool

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This Cortana feature seems like some kind of joke. Just installed Win10. Now, everytime my laptop goes to sleep, I have to re-boot to get it going again. I asked Cortana why, and the answer came back with a link to the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It In the Road"...

A:Who is Cortana?

Answer to thread title: Cortana is the name of a fictional character in the Halo video game.

Now as to your question on it/her, in Windows 10, Cortana is a web search/system & folder search tool, that can be used by voice or text(typing). Like any search tool, you need to be more specific, and if using voice, Cortana needs to be trained. Also when cleaning your system(browser and OS) you need to make sure you DO NOT clean MS search or browser history, so Cortana can learn your interest's, and you can benefit from the advanced search algorithm.

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Hi people,
I've recently installed Windows 10 and was messing around with the tools and settings, especially the search button next to Start. When I looked into Cortana I enabled her to try it out, but it seems I cannot disable her completely. I want the search feature
as how it was when I installed the OS. 
Here is a screenshot (https://gyazo.com/6c338cc261adad458f01f2456b08de3f) of how it looks now, and I would like to get it back to default which looks like this (http://imgur.com/a/W2KHt).
I tried these instructions:

1.Left click on Search
box.



2.Click Sandwich
icon on Top left.



3.Click Settings and Turn
off the button under ?Do you want Cortana to work for you??



This will turn off Cortana on your user profile. If you want to remove Search box in taskbar, right click on taskbar and
click Search and choose Disabled.

But there isn't a "Turn off" feature anywhere to be found. Any help is appreciated!



edit: a gif to show my menus: https://gyazo.com/c7aca56d5d8b4e7c9f75601c7983e5cf

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Did the anniversary update and it removed Cortana, Microsoft support is useless . it is still in the all app list but when i click on it all i can do is search windows files

A:Cortana gone

It has been reported already.

Start your regedit, go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

find key

BingSearchEnabled

and set it to 1. This should immediately enable your Cortana.

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Firstly I hope you all had a fab Christmas, my heart goes out to those victims of the flooding in the Northern parts of England.

So, to my question. How many of you use/have Cortana enabled on Windows 10?

Hope you all have an amazing New Year, let's see what 2016 brings. If your good, I will buy you a Vladimir Putin calendar, I'm trying to get on for my auntie (as a joke!)

Tony
 

A:Cortana, or not to Cortana?

No, I don't use Cortana for obvious privacy reasons.

I think I'll pass on the Putin calendar.
 

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Q: cortana

hi when I am trhing to teach Cortana my name sbe says sign into Microsoft
then they ask me for my credit card   why

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OK so I upgraded to windows 10
Cortana says ask me anything, then it says i need to login.
When I click the Login, nothing happens.

Help
Thank you
Kathy

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Q: Cortana

I have recently upgraded my Windows 7 to 10. In my computer Cortana comes as an app and by default gives me type option instead of microphone. Also cortana has minimize, maximize and close buttons as any other window like Google Chrome.It cant open apps
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Q: Cortana

Anyway to turn off Cortana without screwing something else up? I never use it, but I'm noticing a huge memory usage from Cortana.

A:Cortana

Cortana can be disabled, but does work with windows search so you will not be able to completely disabled it. Should only be using around 35-45MB with it disabled. How much is a lot now ?
Look here.......Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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Q: Cortana

Recently I upgraded to Win 10 and it hasn't downloaded Cortana,I am in England and my language is in English but the search bar just says (Search the web and Windows),in settings it does not allow me to turn Cortana on.Is there anyone else with this problem?

A:Cortana

I read an article that not all areas would get Cortana.

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Q: Cortana

Why isn't CORTANA available in IRELAND!
Why are we discriminated against!

With all the MS facilities we have here, WHY NOT!

Tully

A:Cortana

Originally Posted by Tully


Why isn't CORTANA available in IRELAND!
Why are we discriminated against!

With all the MS facilities we have here, WHY NOT!

Tully



Some of the pages found by Search should give some clues and/or solutions:
cortana not available in this region at DuckDuckGo

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Q: Cortana

Have searched but can not find a clear answer. Will Cortana open websites? From what I read, it will providing the website is bookmarked and pinned. Is this correct?
If the website requires login, eg eBay, will Cortana do the login for you? Since Edge will be able to save usernames and passwords, it seems possible. Eg, can I say "Hey Cortana, open eBay" and the eBay login page opens. Then can I say, "Hey Cortana, login to eBay" or will I have to click the login button?
I am asking this for my visually impaired friend. I am wondering if Win 10 with Edge and Cortana could help him. Thanks.

A:Cortana

Hi Artbuc From what I can read, Cortana could already open websites by voice on Windows 8.1 for Phone, so I don't know why the Cortana on Windows 10 couldn't do a such thing http://www.windowscentral.com/how-open-websites-voice-cortanaAs for the login, you can use Cortana to login on Facebook apparently, but I don't know for the other websites.https://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/cortana/cortanas-settingsAlso, saving passwords locally in a browser is a security risk, so I wouldn't do that. I would use a password manager instead like LastPass.

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Q: Cortana

Anyway to turn off Cortana without screwing something else up? I never use it, but I'm noticing a huge memory usage from Cortana.

A:Cortana

Cortana can be disabled, but does work with windows search so you will not be able to completely disabled it. Should only be using around 35-45MB with it disabled. How much is a lot now ?
Look here.......Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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Q: Cortana

I do not want Cortana on my computer. How do I get it removed?

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Q: Cortana

I just got a new computer with Cortana and it was working fine. Within a hour or so I could no longer hear Cortana"s responses. I tried both typing and using the mic. the sound works on everything else on my computer. What happened and how can I fix
it? Thanks.

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I keep getting Cortana leaping up at me whenever I click on the start box, and want to know how to disable/remove this annoyance. I have read through a procedure using regedit/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and so on, that eventually gets me to where I must ensure that an "AllowCortana" value is set to 0 (zero).

I have followed this advice to the letter several times, but nothing is changed once I have restarted my PC. Can anyone please point me the way of correcting this?
 

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I have only had W10 for a few days and it's keeping me entertained.
I just used Cortana. I said "I can't install windows updates"
This is where Cortana took me. I don't need a dictionary any more.
You might think this isn't all the great, but to a old man it's pretty impressive. I now have someone with a very sweet voice to talk to and she is very nice. She said she liked me. How cool is that??
I recommend giving W10 a try. You have 30 days to try it and then roll back if you don't like it. I recommend the clean install rather then the upgrade.

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Q: Cortana

I cannot get cortana to owrk on my new cloudbook - help!!!

A:Cortana

Hi Lawman, welcome to the Acer forums!
 
Could you tell us what model computer you have and what operating system?  We'll move your post to a better-fitting forum for your question once you give that information.
 
Thanks!
 
 




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Q: cortana

Mic is working windows10,CORTANA still can't hear me,do I need to buy a headset
 

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Lately , Cortana has been been MIA and I have seen nothing as to what is happening or how to fix it . Inexplicably today it has reappeared and all systems seem normal . Just the fact that Cortana is missing doesn't bother me but along with that it also means I can not access Control Center or apps . When shutting down , the only option is to CTRL - ALT - Delete to shut it down and this can take a few tries sometimes which is hugely frustrating , especially when you are in a hurry to leave and don't want to leave things running . Does anyone either , know why this ? Or has it happened to you in the past ? It seems very odd that it goes missing for over a week and then just magically reappears like nothing ever happened . Anyone ?

A:Cortana and Startup

Hello, erratic problems can be much harder to track down, and ones with no error message or precise and consistent symptoms very difficult to research.

So there was a time in the past when all was well.
Had you periodically used disk imaging, you could have restored an image from a date at which you didn't have the problem, so I'm assuming you haven't yet 'graduated' to using that invaluable tool, which allows you to restore your PC without technical help. (Hint )

So: some basic possibilities:
- corruption (disk/files)
- some change you've made which interferes with the OS
- settings
- sthg installed

So, I suggest you establish a base line:
1. Run
chkdsk C: /F
from an admin command prompt (Windows key + X, Command prompt (admin) )
(It's essential to know your disk is ok before undertaking repairs).

If that's ok
- Try a clean boot.
If the symptoms remain,
- See what happens in Safe Mode

Please report what you find with those.

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I'm not a real user of cortana but I've noticed a quirk on my PC. Basically if you use her to search ( immediately after login ) for internet pages and click on one of her results edge opens the page fine. However if I logged in and opened up edge directly, done some surfing then shut edge, then use cortana for a search and click on suggested page then edge fails to launch. Subsequently any attempt to launch edge directly also fail to launch. I can fix easily by killing edge in task manager allowing me to launch edge just fine from anything other than cortana. If I try to use her again in this way edge will fail to launch and it will prevent edge launching in anyway unless I kill the edge process again. So basically cortana browser launch gets broken by having used edge prior and it will break edge fully trying to use it. The only way cortana can be used in this way again is to restart the PC and not launch edge directly at all. Hard to explain but hope you get the idea.

i tested this on multiple user accounts on same PC and get same results. It's worth noting that all other cortana functionality is fine. I haven't tested extensively but she retrieves information and obediently launches apps.

cheers, Wayne

A:Cortana glitch?

I've changed the default browser to Firefox to avert this problem. Cortana searches seem to work perfectly with Firefox without side effects. And this way edge never gets crippled. Would still be very interested if others noticed this glitch or wherever it's specific to my PC. I guess given edge not bring hugely popular many people will be using different default browsers. Wonder why I didn't do this sooner

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Just updated to Win10 v14366. How do I turn off Cortana?

A:turn off cortana

Hey Mayagrafix

Take a look at this: How to enable or disable Cortana in Windows 10

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 635 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5887 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 453 GB (328 GB Free); D: 12 GB (1 GB Free); F: 931 GB (516 GB Free); J: 298 GB (124 GB Free);
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

Cortana is not working on my computer. The mic image is showing in my task bar. It was/did work before. How do I fix?
 

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WHY Cortana is afraid in my region that why its doesent work it in my window 10 pc

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I'm using Cortana on a desktop computer.
I can type in a question to Cortana and that works fine but to speak to Cortana I guess I have set up a microphone, it that right? I know it doesn't have to be expensive but what of some of you using for a cheap mic?
 

A:Cortana in Windows 10

yes , needs a mic
 

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I have a problem with Cortana. There is no Mic icon in the search bar. There is a mic on the system. It is listed in Device Manager. It is a Logitec Mic and it works. There is also a Windows mic in Device Driver and that is reported as set up correctly. Any help would be appreciated.

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Had an Update around Midnight last night and this Morning, I found Cortana has disappeared together with my reminders and no Microphone Symbol showing.

Did anyone else have this problem?

A:Cortana just disappeared!

When you find out how you did it, please share.
You'll have no shortage of people wanting to buy you a beer!

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Cortana doesn't listen the mic...but it is working on other software...I5559

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Cortana is disabled by company policy. I am signed in with my Microsoft account, and I tried to check all settings that may pertain to Cortana not working. I followed all steps in this post by Howto Geek How to Fix the Message in Windows 10
Can anyone please help? If you need more info, just ask.
The PC Windows 10 is on is a Chuwi Hi10 model 10 inch tablet with 4 gigabytes of ram. Windows 10 came pre-installed is legal and is activated.

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Hi. Has this happened to anyone else?
I had set up Cortana for use in the UK, downloaded the language and speech components.
Everything was working fine and then the latest update restarted my computer and Cortana needed set up again.
I am in the process of downloading the components again.

A:Update and Cortana

I'm really starting to hate Windows 10.
Ok, so after setting up Cortana again, now the search function doesn't work, I just get a big empty grey box.

And things are slow too.
Its driving me nuts. Its not as if I even did anything! The update happened by itself and now I have issues.
I don't have the time or energy for this cr*p.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I upgraded my Surface Pro to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. Ever since then I have had issues with Cortana. I seem to solve them and then Microsoft releases another forced update and it gets all flaky again. Right now, I can say "Hey, Cortana" and it will hear me and show "listening" with all the letters flying by. But it can't hear my request and then tells me something is wrong. No kidding. Since I still have the ISO of Windows 8.1 on here there are no system restore points. That is what I would do first. Strangely, I have a Dell two in one that came with Windows 10 and I had to fight to get Cortana to work on there too but now it seems stable. I would surely appreciate any tips or fixes. Even if they're only temporary and have to be done over and over. I doubt I can be the only person having this problem. Thanks in advance.

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Hi. Has this happened to anyone else?
I had set up Cortana for use in the UK, downloaded the language and speech components.
Everything was working fine and then the latest update restarted my computer and Cortana needed set up again.
I am in the process of downloading the components again.

A:Update and Cortana

I'm really starting to hate Windows 10.
Ok, so after setting up Cortana again, now the search function doesn't work, I just get a big empty grey box.

And things are slow too.
Its driving me nuts. Its not as if I even did anything! The update happened by itself and now I have issues.
I don't have the time or energy for this cr*p.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I've disabled Cortana in the Group Policy, and restarted the PC, but still Cortana remains. When I used to have it disabled, a search icon appeared. Everything is disabled in the Cortana settings menu. Are there some other settings I should be aware of?

A:Need help to disable Cortana

Follow this Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

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Upgraded from 8.1 t o windows 10 on my Inspiron 5000 laptop. All seems to be working except Cortana.Can anyone help? It works if I set everything to US region and language but not UK. I set Uk region, time and downloaded the UK English language pack but still get the not available message when I know it is and other people have it. I would prefer not to stay set to US as it then always takes me to US websites and quotes in dollars.

A:cortana not available in your region

Hi,
Thank you for reaching out to us!

As you would know that Cortana is region specific ,if the OS language and installation is done with English US Settings - Cortana will only work with respective regional settings.
If the installation is done correctly then the only order option is for you to contact Microsoft as they would be able to help you further .
Thanks 
Robin.

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I discovered recently that Cortana had been corrupted on one of my systems. There was no ?search? function, or anything else. I tried everything I could find on line to fix it, but no joy.

As a last resort I re-installed Windows 10 (latest download). While that solved the Cortana problem, it also introduced a network one that has yet to get resolved.

To solve the (more important) network situation, I reverted to the previous C-drive image and am again without the Cortana service.

Has anyone else had a problem with Cortana, and/or perhaps an idea about how to restore the functionality?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

JLOB

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