How to bring back Cortana after you removed it

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Microsoft invested a lot of time and effort into creating Cortana for Windows 10 – 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 to 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

Solution : Re-enable Cortana using Group Policy

If the method chosen by you to disable Cortana has been by using Group Policy, in order to revert this situation, you need to:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open Run
  2. Type gpedit.msc into the Run dialog and press enter in order to launch the Local Group Policy Editorrun Local Group Policy Editor
  3. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Local Computer Policy and go to Computer Configuration
  4. Go to Administrative Templates and click on Windows Componentsadministrative templates
  5. Navigate to Search
  6. Locate the policy named Allow Cortana and double-click on itallow cortana
  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.

Solution 2: Re-enable Cortana using the Windows Registry

If the method chosen by you to disable Cortana has been by using your computer’s registry, you need to use the same method to enable Cortana again on your computer:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open a Run dialog
  2. Type regedit and hit enter in order to launch the Registry Editorrun 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 WindowsHKEY_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

Solution 3: Rename the program path correctly

If you initially renamed the path so that Windows is not able anymore to run Cortana, then all you have to do is to:

  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 C:windowssystemapps and locate the folder that is named Microsoft.Windows.Cortana and has .bak at the end of it
  6. Right click on it, select Rename and remove the .bak from the end of it
  7. 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, please share them with us using the comments section down below.


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