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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Q: cortana

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

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

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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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Hey Cortana will launch but will not respond to any commands such as "what time is it" 

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This started two days ago: Whenever I click on the taskbar search box, Cortana pops up, as always; but now, instead of just showing my local weather, there is a message, "Get Cortana on your phone", with links for Android, Windows Phone, and iPhone.
I tried a clean boot, in case it was some third party software causing it, but that isn't the case. Chatting with MS 'Support' was useless; she didn't have a clue. She thought I needed to sync my phone.
The message does disappear as soon as I start typing in the search box, but it's still annoying. I'm running Windows 10 Home, build 10586. The Anniversary update didn't trigger this; I installed that a few weeks ago. Oh, and I did try clicking on the Android link, and installed the app on my phone, thinking that might get rid of the message: no such luck.
Any ideas ...?

A:Anyone else getting Cortana spam?

No, because people go into the top hamburger button and turn that stuff off, along with going into System settings and uncheck any check boxes in the various sections to not share info, etc.

If you do not want or need a Windows live account, you can run Windows 10 with a local and only have the live account for updates.

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hi, I am absolutely upset by this. I just received my brand new lap top from Dell this morning and when I go to Cortana she ask you to sign into your Microsoft account so she can do more (like voicing etc) unfortunately when i click sign in I get a square black empty box just sits there. 
I have called dell was told I have to pay $129.00 for them to help me one time only or pay another $200.00 for software warranty.
It's suppose to be included in windows 10 and have had it maybe 3 hours at this point have had it since 9:00 a.m. this morning Haven't done anything just letting it set up.
I'm on my Dell all in one desk top and I bought it also brand new  about little over a year and Cortana works perfectly on it. it was windows 8.1 and i got the free windows 10 download for it.

So if anyone out there can help me as I'm ready to call them tell them send me a return label and skip a lap top all together. I had both miss my lap top this one was on sale got it for $242.00
Also tried Microsoft support tech but nope they say Dell should go good for it.and Dell said the software isn't put in by them not warranted only the hardware.
Thank you in advance

A:Cortana in windows 10

cinnaamon,
Try the various steps below to resolve this issue.
If you just made a new Microsoft account and are having this problem, then you have to verify it with your email.  
You can try the information below as well.
1. Type Manage your Accounts in the search bar 
2. Click on Your Accounts.
3. Click on Sign in with a local account instead.
4. Enter the Microsoft password if prompted.
5. Follow the on screen instructions to configure Local account.
6. Restart your PC.
7. Follow the same steps and change to Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
8. Sing in to Cortana, Windows store and check.
Here is another option that seem to work for some.
Type User Accounts in your search bar and select "Change User Account Control Settings"- Check your settings---if the lowest option is selected, this is your problem! Change your option to the Windows recommended option (in bold). It should be one option below "Always Notify."- Restart your computer. Upon restart, you should see that Cortana is working. But if she's not, select the Windows store icon in your taskbar.- Click the Sign in option.- Sign in and answer that you'd like to use your Microsoft Account to access the computer. - (Optional) Sign out to make sure changes have saved.- (Optional) Sign back in and all should work (see notes below if you have problems with Cortana).
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I read that someone can get a response more than 10 feet away but there must be a distance where it becomes inaudible due to reverb and signal to noise ratio the further away you are from the onboard mic

A post from another forum reckoned quote ?I've bought a mic for about 5$ from a Toy store and when i tried to record i could hear my brother talking 2 rooms away with the door closed?. I cant see how this is possible just using a cheap mic unless he was using a preamp

How far is it possible to speak to cortana, would background noise from other rooms be able to trigger it?
 

A:Cortana Inbuilt Mic

*Im not sure if the man using the $5 mic was using it for cortana or just general recording. Im refering to an inbuilt mic on a laptop

If you put the mic gain up to 100% in windows would it be possible for cortana to make sense of words spoken from another room?
 

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I read that someone can get a response more than 10 feet away but there must be a distance where it becomes inaudible due to reverb and signal to noise ratio the further away you are from the onboard mic

A post from another forum reckoned quote ?I've bought a mic for about 5$ from a Toy store and when i tried to record i could hear my brother talking 2 rooms away with the door closed?. I cant see how this is possible just using a cheap mic unless he was using a preamp

How far is it possible to speak to cortana, would background noise from other rooms be able to trigger it?

*Im not sure if the man using the $5 mic was using it for cortana or just general recording. Im refering to an inbuilt mic on a laptop. If you put the mic gain up to 100% in windows would it be possible for cortana to make sense of words spoken from another room?

 

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I am having trouble with Cortana. It will work at first and for a while and then it will not open the web pages. It makes the sound like it is going to go to the web page but it does not. What can I do to "debug" this issue? I can still use the search by typing it in and it works perfectly. I like to use Cortana to go to the web pages, saving me some typing. Please let me know what to do.

Thank You,

Jay Taunton

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Over the last couple of days I have found Cortana's 'Ask Me Anything' search box will not work. I can type nothing in. From inspection of other people's problems with Cortana it seems the trouble is often associated with Start Menu malfunction. In my case however I have no problem with the start menu.
Can anyone advise me how to overcome this annoying problem?
PS The Windows 10 updates are all installed.

A:Cortana not working.

Suggestions only :

1. You said " Over the last couple of days ". If that is the fact, do a system restore. Pick a date when Cortana was working , or at least a week ago as your restore point.

2. If that does not help. Try this troubleshooting method..............
Run a system file check to look for corrupt files. It will try to do repair if any found.
Right click at Start button > click Command Prompt (Admin) > at the flashing prompt, copy/paste this.......
sfc /scannow

> press Enter.
It will take quite sometime.
When finished, it will give you one of the 3 reports...............(paraphrasing)
1. No integrity violation.
2. Found corrupt files and repair successful.
3. Found corrupt files but unable to repair.

If the report is #1, your solution lies elsewhere.
If the report is #2, check if your problems have been resolved.
If the report is #3, use this method................
In the same Command Prompt (Admin) windows, copy and paste this command...........

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

> press Enter.
Again it will take some time.
When finished, it will give you a report.

3. Create another user account with exactly the same privileges > log on to it and see if Cortana will work.

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Hi folk. For my first post I thought Id pose a question relating to my lack of sound from Cortana. I am not sure why but I get no sound when I am setting it up. during setup you are asked what Cortana is to call you. After putting in my name there is then a button to click to find out if it is pronounced correctly. But all I get is silence. I'm getting sound ok from games etc so its obviously something Ive overlooked. Anyone able to help out please? (I'm using build 10049).
If I go to system -> Cortana & search -> customise Cortana & search settings it does not do anything. No new window opens or extra details - nothing.

A:No sounds from Cortana

Your post is very old but I just had the same problem. In my case two different audio systems were plugged in.
1) External speakers plugged into the green jack on my computers rear.
2) My display has built in audio speakers connected by HDMI.

A Google search revealed that Cortana will not make any sounds when two different audio systems are plugged in.

Right Click on the sound icon in the right side of your taskbar and go to Playback devices.
Right Click on one device and select DISABLE to Disable the Digital output that you?re not using then Restart your computer.

I am only posting this solution because no other solution was posted.
I hope my post might help others in the future.

Another solution was offered but I did not need to use it. (see below)

Reset Cortana

Maybe resetting Cortana to its default settings can solve the problem. Here?s what you need to do to completely reset Cortana in Windows 10 - Open Cortana and go to Settings. The first button allows you to disable Cortana, so just disable Cortana with that button. It says: ?Turning off Cortana clears what Cortana knows on this device, but won?t delete anything from the Notebook. After Cortana is off, you can decide what you?d like to do with anything still stored in the cloud?.
Restart your computer and enable Cortana again

This will make Cortana completely forget about all your settings, so it would act like you just installed Windows, so maybe the solution for sound problem with Corta... Read more

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