Fix: Cannot Activate Cortana in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Windows 10 brought so many improvements and features, and one of the most anticipated was Microsoft personal assistant called Cortana. Although Cortana sounds amazing, some users are reporting that they can’t activate Cortana in Windows 10, so let’s see if we can fix that.
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According to Microsoft, Cortana is available in USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and China. Microsoft plans to expand the number of supported countries in the following months by adding support for Cortana to Japan, Australia, Canada (English only), and India (English only). In addition, later this year Cortana should be available in Brazil, Mexico, and Canada (French). If Cortana isn’t working for you, you probably aren’t located in the country that supports it, but there’s a simple trick to enable Cortana even if aren’t located in a country that doesn’t have Cortana support.

So, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings and go to Time & Language.
  2. Click on Region and Language from the sidebar.
  3. Find Country or region option, and select a country from the list that supports Cortana. For example, if you want to use
  4. Cortana in English, select United States.
  5. Save your settings, and that’s it.

This is neat little trick that lets you try Cortana even if you’re in a country that doesn’t have support for it. If you country gets Cortana support, you can just repeat the process, but instead of United States, you need to select your original country.

We have to warn you that changing your Country or region might have some consequences. Don’t worry, it’s nothing drastic, but your default currency might change, time and date format etc. In addition, Windows Store might show you the apps designed for your currently selected country, but you if you need to download an app available only in your country, or make a purchase, you can easily switch it to your original country like we showed before.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

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