Installing and uninstalling Cortana voice assistant in Windows 11

The Microsoft Virtual Assistant is a useful tool built into the operating system. In version 11 of Windows, the importance of Cortana is significantly reduced – the assistant is also integrated, but not active by default. Those who want to use the feature can freely activate it, but many users, on the contrary, want to disable or completely remove Cortana, which is also easy to do. We will consider how to ensure interaction with the assistant, as well as how to remove it from the computer.

Cortana in Windows 11

Which countries are supported by Cortana

The smart assistant is available in multiple languages ​​(English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, German).

Optimized Cortana for 13 countries such as:

  • China.
  • Australia.
  • Brazil.
  • Canada.
  • USA.
  • Great Britain.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Japan.
  • Italy.
  • Spain.
  • India.
  • Mexico.

In other countries not included in the list, the assistant is officially unavailable. Since Russia is not among the supported countries and the virtual assistant does not speak Russian, you will have to change the region in the system settings to interact with it. But keep in mind that when you change the language settings, certain software or functions adapted to your language may stop working.

How to install Cortana on Windows 11

Microsoft no longer imposes digital assistant services on users, but leaves the option to use this feature. Cortana in Windows 11 is disabled by default and can be restored if necessary.

Voice assistant activation

If you are not concerned about privacy and have a desire to connect an assistant, you can do this in many ways.

How to enable Assistant in Windows 11:

  • in the search for the Start menu, enter the query “Cortana” and select the assistant among the matches found; Cortana app in Windows 11
  • in the downloaded application, select “Login” and log in using Microsoft account data for authorization; Sign in to Cortana in Windows 11
  • Click “Accept and Continue”. The application will start. Cortana EULA in Windows 11

Activation in system parameters:

  • open the system settings (Win + I), go to “Apps” (“Apps”), then “Apps and features” (“Apps & features”); Apps&features section in Windows 11
  • find Cortana and go to advanced options; Going to Cortana Advanced Settings in Windows 11
  • move the switch to the active position near the item “Run at login”.

The current task tracker also allows you to activate Cortana:

  • launch the Task Manager snap-in in any convenient way, for example, using the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Del or Ctrl + Shift + Esc;
  • go to the “Startup” tab;
  • Right-click on the Cortana line and select the enable option from the menu.

If you decide to restore the assistant on your computer, you can activate the previously deleted function by following the same path, but by performing the opposite action (depending on the deactivation method, for example, change the value or switch the toggle switch to the on position).

Install from the app store

Even though you have completely removed Cortana from the system, it is easy to get it back by reinstalling it from the official Microsoft app store:

  • go to the Microsoft Store page; Microsoft Store in Windows 11
  • next to the Cortana product, click the blue Get button;
  • then the software is installed in the standard way. Cortana in the Microsoft Store

How to uninstall Cortana in Windows 11

Although the feature is not too intrusive in Windows 11, many users want to get rid of the voice assistant due to the inappropriate use of it, given the high resource consumption. There are several ways to disable or remove Cortana from the system. Let’s take a look at options to do this.

You can deactivate the voice assistant using regular system tools, while some methods require the user to have certain skills.

Disable in system settings

To disable the assistant, do the following:

  • go to the settings (Win + I), where in the section “Applications” (“Apps”) select “Apps and features” (“Apps & features”); Apps section in Windows 11
  • in the search line of this subsection, we request “Cortana” and next to the found assistant, press the menu button (three dots), after which we go to the advanced system settings by clicking on the corresponding item (“Advanced options”); Startup section in Windows 11
  • for the “Run at login” item, disable Cortana, as a result of which the assistant will no longer start by default when you log in. Disabling Cortana in Windows 11

In the task manager

An alternative solution is to disable it through the well-known Task Manager snap-in:

  • open the system tool, for example, using the hot keys Ctrl+Shift+Esc; Task Manager in Windows 11
  • on the “Startup” tab, we find Cortana among the available objects that start with the OS, and disable the assistant by clicking the “Disable” button. Cortana in Task Manager in Windows 11

Using the Group Policy Editor

Deactivating a function using a service is done as follows:

  • open the Run console (Win + R) and use the gpedit.msc command; gpedit.msc command in Windows 11
  • we go along the branch “Computer Configuration -” Administrative Templates “-” Windows Components “-” Search “;
  • double-click on “AllowCortana” to open the window for changing the settings; "AllowCortana" item in Windows 11
  • in the new window, select the state mode “Disabled” (“Disabled”) and click “OK”; Disabling "AllowCortana" in Windows 11
  • reboot for the changes to take effect.

Through the registry

The method is designed for a confident user with experience with the system registry.

IMPORTANT. We recommend that you make a backup beforehand in order to be able to roll back the changes made in case of force majeure. Incorrect actions in the registry can lead to unpleasant consequences, including the inoperability of the OS.

To complete the task, you will need to do the following:

  • using the Run console (Win + R) and the regedit command, go to the registry editor; regedit command in Windows 11
  • go along the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindows Search;
  • on the right side of the editor, right-click in the free area, select “Create” – “DWORD value (32-bit)”. If there is no Windows Search folder, you need to make it, and then create a new parameter in it; Creating a new setting in Windows Search in Windows 11
  • give the parameter the name “AllowCortana” and set its value to “0”, click “OK” and reboot the system. Assistant disabled. AllowCortana setting in Windows 11 Changing the AllowCortana setting in Windows 11

If you choose to return the feature, you will need to follow the same path, now setting the AllowCortana setting to “1”.

Using administrator rights and appropriate commands

It is also possible to completely demolish Cortana using a terminal with administrator rights and the appropriate commands. You can complete the task in the following way:

  • open PowerShell – press the Windows key and find it in the search by selecting the option to open as administrator (or find it from the Start menu); Switching to the Terminal in Windows 11
  • write the command Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.549981C3F5F10* | Remove-AppxPackage and press enter to remove the assistant for the entire OS; Removing Cortana for the entire Windows 11 OS
  • if you need to remove Cortana only for the current profile (relevant when the computer has several users and each of them has its own profile in the system), use the command Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage. Uninstalling Cortana for current user in Windows 11

After completing the procedure, the assistant will no longer be among the installed software, in startup and the Start menu. But, even if you get rid of the voice assistant on your computer forever, you can change your mind and return Cortana by installing it. How to do this, see above.

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