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Q: turn off cortana

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

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A: turn off cortana

Hey Mayagrafix

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

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Hi All,

I've had so much useful info from this site over the last 7 months as I've been playing with win 10 but this is my first post so I apologise if it's on the wrong board.

I'm trying to find out whether it is possible to turn Cortana on or off via Group Policy or the Registry but I don't want to disable it. I've already seen the GP and reg settings to disable/enable Cortana.

The company I work for are about to deploy Windows 10 and there has been a business decision to have Cortana switched off by default but allow the users to turn it back on if they wish.

Windows 10 will be deployed via SCCM and if I can't find a way to control the settings from GP or the registry I'll have to go and amend the base image to have Cortana turned off and re-capture it.

Any help would be very grateful.

Cheers,

Westy

A:Turn Cortana off without disabling it?

Hello Westy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

The tutorial below can show you how to turn on/off Cortana, but it's a per account setting and not global like the enable/disable option.

Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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Just upgraded to Anniversary version. Ho do I turn off Cortana in my Anniversary Edition ? Tks

A:Turn off Cortana Anniversary edition

Originally Posted by sportflyer


Just upgraded to Anniversary version. Ho do I turn off Cortana in my Anniversary Edition ? Tks



Read this tutorial and it will show you how.

Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I chose not to use Cortana when I upgraded to Windows 10 recently. I decided to turn on Cortana now because of a particular issue. I reach the point of "Before we get started, I'll need you to sign in with a Microsoft account". I click the "Sign in" box. A grey/black box appears with a 'people' icon inside that then disappears. This action prompts an application error as follows:
Faulting application name: AccountsControlHost.exe, version: 10.0.10586.122, time stamp: 0x56cc1660
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 10.0.10586.306, time stamp: 0x571af331
Exception code: 0x00000004
Fault offset: 0x0000000000071f28
Faulting process ID: 0x1108
Faulting application start time: 0x01d1dd05e0841e4a
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.AccountsControl_cw5n1h2txyewy\AccountsControlHost.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
Report ID: 8a8f48fc-7672-432c-bf6b-8acb012f9321
Faulting package full name: Microsoft.AccountsControl_10.0.10586.0_neutral__cw5n1h2txyewy
Faulting package-relative application ID: App

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I chose not to use Cortana when I upgraded to Windows 10 recently. I decided to turn on Cortana now because of a particular issue. I reach the point of "Before we get started, I'll need you to sign in with a Microsoft account". I click the "Sign in" box. A grey/black box appears with a 'people' icon inside that then disappears. This action prompts an application error as follows:
Faulting application name: AccountsControlHost.exe, version: 10.0.10586.122, time stamp: 0x56cc1660
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 10.0.10586.306, time stamp: 0x571af331
Exception code: 0x00000004
Fault offset: 0x0000000000071f28
Faulting process ID: 0x1108
Faulting application start time: 0x01d1dd05e0841e4a
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.AccountsControl_cw5n1h2txyewy\AccountsControlHost.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
Report ID: 8a8f48fc-7672-432c-bf6b-8acb012f9321
Faulting package full name: Microsoft.AccountsControl_10.0.10586.0_neutral__cw5n1h2txyewy
Faulting package-relative application ID: App

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Quote:
Microsoft made an interesting decision with Windows 10?s Anniversary Update, which is now in its final stages of development before it rolls out on August 2.


Cortana, the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10?s search function and taps into Bing?s servers to answer your queries with contextual awareness, no longer has an off switch.







Quote:
...but you can lessen her awareness.


You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update | PCWorld

A:You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Not sure I ever saw a turn off switch
I had to block usage in group policy and web search....

Sort of funny setting there
Do not respond when saying hey cortana wtf

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Before I updated to the latest version of windows Cortana was working. After i updated it I noticed that Cortana was missing. WHen I checked the settings, I saw this.
I saw "Online Search is not available for this version of Windows" and I do not know how this happened

A:Cannot turn on Cortana on Windows Insider Build 14366

Originally Posted by mrgolfr


Before I updated to the latest version of windows Cortana was working. After i updated it I noticed that Cortana was missing. WHen I checked the settings, I saw this.
I saw "Online Search is not available for this version of Windows" and I do not know how this happened




I have the same on nokia 930, with this build and the last, no training in the settings or the ability to switch Cortana on or off

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Q: Cortana

Is there any Cortana equivalent for Windows 8.1?

A:Cortana

Try Braina

S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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

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!
 
 




Remember to mark posts that resolved your issue with Accept as Solution. You can even mark multiple posts in a single thread. This will make it easier for others to find the same information.  Use the  Give Kudos button to offer a thumbs-up for good post content and a pat on the back to the author.

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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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Q: cortana

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

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Hey there insiders, since i got the new update i have been experiencing issues while using cortana. one of the major issues i have noticed is that my laptop is connected to my network. but for some reason only cortana will no communicate with the internet. i have check all the network settings to try and troubleshoot this issue, as well as rebooting and everything else. wasn't sure what happened over night but then i looked into my update history and saw i got a new update last night. which would make sense why all of a sudden this morning cortana stopped working. i was just curious if anyone else has been having the same issues. i reported this issue on the hub as a problem in the cortana other feedback tab in the hub if anyone is having the same issues please upvote and help resolve this issue. thank you

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cortana is not working and appear a warning as cortana isn't supported in the region and language selected.

A:cortana is unavailable

Hi, That is true, Cortana is not available (or not working) in all countries. Please check your language/region. Curently it supports the following languages/regions: To use Cortana, your region and language settings have to be aligned. Check the following list of regions where Cortana is available, and the corresponding language for each of those regions. Cortana is available in these regions for these languages: Australia: English Canada: English China: Chinese (Simplified) France: French Germany: German India: English Italy: Italian Japan: Japanese Spain: Spanish United Kingdom: English United States: EnglishSource: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/557b5e0e-0eb0-44db-87d6-5e5db6f9c5b0/cortana-s-re... Regards.

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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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How do I delete Cortana & its annoying big search box.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 158 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 8128 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 111 GB (60 GB Free); E: 1862 GB (1672 GB Free); F: 1863 GB (1615 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., B360HD3
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 

A:delete cortana

Right click empty space on Task Bar , click Cortana, click hide
 

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Hello i want to enable cortana on my desktop but i have some problems with configuration. When i enabled it, She asked me for acces to my contacts and i had a link to settings below, but in settings "Choose apps that can acces your contacts"
are all options disabled (gray) so i cant enable it :(

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Since my update of win 10 ( 1709 vers ), all seems to go well but the exceptions of Cortana search engine. It makes a faint attempt to listen to me, by asking me what I am looking for and not responding. I enter type in the search box, and nothing appears. To find some of the usual sites, I have to enter Win key + a letter.. I did go into settings and turned most, if not all buttons to "ON''. BTW, pretty new to Win 10, but could someone tell me how I can change color of the dark blue fonts that usually appear as high links. With the black background , I have to swipe the mouse across it and it shows up nicely with a light blue background...but its a pain that in order for me to read some of the stuff, I have to swipe over it and change the background light blue which it does automatically.
 

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Can someone please show me how to remove Cortana.Find it a nuisance.

A:cortana removal

Originally Posted by willden


Can someone please show me how to remove Cortana.Find it a nuisance.



Me Too!

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sound works on everything else. microphone works Cortana responds in text--no voice
 

A:cortana has no voice

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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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How do you disable this?? I used a registry hack but still no good. I want to be able to search without this

This is after the new 1607 update.

A:Disable Cortana??

A lot of reports before the update stated that Cortana was no longer removable. I had it switched off using the various UI options and it is not showing, and we have a lot of users stating that it is no longer working. It's early days with this version an update may be in the works to at least get all systems to the same state but it is just a case of waiting.

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