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Cortana Issues

Q: Cortana Issues

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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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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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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I purchased my Inspiron December 2016. I've had several issues with Hey Cortana not working at all or occasionally after a reboot.
The only way Hey Cortana would work however, is when I have audio or video playing in the background. It doesn't matter if I had headphones, playback volume down or muted so it wasn't because of ambient noise.
Issue was reported issue to MS Insider 3 moths ago.All drivers were up to date using Dell update for my device. I then did a clean installs of both Windows AU, re-ran Dell update as well as Creators Update and the newest audio drivers from Dell didn't help.  I finally went to the Realtek site and download their drivers directly to the latest revision 2.81 version Jan 2017 solve the issue. The drivers for the i5559 need to be updated.

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Hello..
When ever i search anything on cortana then it redirects to bing search page. I dont want bing answers. Please help me in fixing this problem.
 

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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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Hey everyone, i've been having a lot of problems with windows 10. Recently i've had an issue with the taskbar, it started where when i left clicked on a program that i had pinned to it would not show up the menu like it usually does and just does nothing, and later on the start button wouldn't open up at all when i clicked it, now on my main screen (im using a dual screen setup) the left hand side of my taskbar is gone which had the internet access, speakers, notifications, language and date/time plus the show hidden icons and question mark. They are all on my second screen, but none are on my first (main) screen. I've tried using all of the different guides such as

5 Steps to Fix Your Windows 10 Taskbar Issues
How to fix your Windows 10 Start Menu - BT
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...39195ea?auth=1

and none of them worked, i followed every step, i did the powershell thing and everything else, i even tried make a new account and it was working for about 5-10 minutes and then it did the exact same thing its doing on my main account.

Can anyone please help ? I would really appreciate it
Thank you!

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

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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

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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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

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

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

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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 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 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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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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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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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

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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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

Is there any Cortana equivalent for Windows 8.1?

A:Cortana

Try Braina

S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

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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

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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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

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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These screens are appearing occasionally.

A:getting cortana windows

I am pretty sure I have turned this off before.

Does it modify to active when new updates get installed?

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

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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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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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On my phone and tablet... I use the voice control and ask complex questions like what's the weather or navigate to xyz place.

On Windows I was amazingly excited to have Cortana.
Only things is, I've never ever ever ever used it once.

Can I turn it off and stop it taking up the resources it takes?

Thanks
 

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Hello
I have been trying to solve this by myself and in doing so found many people with the same issue. As soon as I put Cortana 'ON' the light to the camera/mic stays on. I don't think I am being spied upon but a light can only stay on so long before it is, so long.
I am now using Google with voice search but I would think Cortana should work when enabled w/o the light staying on.
I have a usb Creative mic/camera for the desktop and a built in for the laptop.
I am trying to use Win 10 fully, but find 'photo', 'mail' etc to be inferior to Win essentials and previous products. There is no video editor unless you use the old Windows dvd app but that has limitations and needs codecs to be imported. It seem the technology is either cheaper or poorly designed. I can see Linux taking over if this trend continues because the apps are getting less functional. The numerous options are dazzling regarding privacy and would take a etch to know which to enable, or not.

Anyway, what is causing this lite issue and is there a solution or reasonable answer?
Thank you
Peter

A:mic/camera Cortana

The best solution I suggest is totally remove mic and webcam drivers...Then head to official website and get the latest ones..

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Windows 10 asked me to logon. I used the password I had set up long ago but it did not work. I assume it does not conform to the new rules. No problem, I reset it and set up a new one! Then it asked me to enter my old password one last time. It won't take my old password or the new one. So I left it blank but that didn't work either. You would think that if one just reset the password that windows 10 would know that you don't have an old password to enter!

No problem, I set up a new account using my gmail account. Same problem! It asked for my old password even though this is a new account. I left the old password field blank as there was no old password! Nothing worked!

A:Windows 10 won't let me log on to use Cortana

Microsoft passwords transfer from Win 8.x to Win 10. You can reset Microsoft passwords at the link below. If you used a local password then you may need to reinstall Windows.

https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx

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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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Crtana does not work on this laptop and I have no microsoft edge can anyone tell me how to fix these two problems.

A:cortana does not work

Cortana

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