How to enable Cortana after disabling it?

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • Cortana can be a very useful assistant so if you decided to remove it, we can help you bring it back.
  • If you removed it using the Group policy, you will have to reverse the process the same way.
  • You can also reenable Cortana using the Windows Registry. Just follow our steps.
  • Another way is to rename the program path correctly and restart your computer.
How can I enable Cortana
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Microsoft invested a lot of time and effort into creating Cortana for Windows 10.

It is a personal assistant for Windows users capable of doing many things like searching the web, finding things on your PC, keeping track of your calendar, receiving the weather forecast, and many more.

However, some Windows 10 users disliked Cortana to the point where they disabled it. If you are in this situation but you changed your mind and you want Cortana back, follow the steps listed below.


How can I bring back Cortana in Windows 10?

  1. Re-enable Cortana using Group Policy
  2. Re-enable Cortana using the Windows Registry
  3. Rename the program path correctly

1. Re-enable Cortana using Group Policy

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open Run.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to launch the Local Group Policy. Editor.
  3. Navigate to Local Computer Policy and go to Computer Configuration.
  4. Go to Administrative Templates and click on Windows Components.
  5. Navigate to Search.
  6. Locate the policy named Allow Cortana and double-click on it.
  7. Enable the Allow Cortana local policy by selecting the Enabled radio button.
  8. Click on Apply and then on OK
  9. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
  10. Restart your computer.

2. Re-enable Cortana using the Windows Registry

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open a Run dialog.
  2. Type regedit and hit Enter in order to launch the Registry Editor.
  3. In the left pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and go to Software.
  4. Click on Policies, navigate to Microsoft and click on Windows.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  5. Go to Windows Search and double click on Allow Cortana registry value to modify it.
  6. Set to 1 the registry value – this actually tells the Registry to enable Cortana.
  7. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

3. Rename the program path correctly

  1. Hold Windows key + R.
  2. Type taskmgr and click OK.
  3. Choose More Details in the Task Manager.
  4. Right-click on Cortana from the Processes tab and select Open File Location.
  5. This should take you to the following location: C:\Windows\SystemApps
  6. Locate the folder that is named Microsoft.Windows.Cortana.bak.
  7. Right-click on it, select Rename and remove the .bak from the end of it.
  8. Restart your computer.

We hope that the solutions described above will help you re-enable Cortana.

If you do not remember what method did you use in order to remove it or if it has not been removed by you, you can definitely check the methods from above.

Meanwhile, if you have other ideas or suggestions, share them with us using the comments section down below.

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