March 7, 2021 at 4:04 pm #12365UK SentinelModerator
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So if you have a Windows 10 account and only wish to sign in locally (not create a Microsoft account) then Cortana box pops up asking you to sign in.
To stop the Cortana box keep appearing, try the following:
Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Home
To Turn off Cortana completely on Windows 10 Home press the “Start” button at the bottom left of your screen and type “regedit” then press “Enter” on your keyboard. Copy and paste the below address into the address bar at the top:
Right click on the “Windows” directory and choose “New > Key” (folder). Enter “Windows Search“. Select the new “Windows Search” folder and in the right panel, right mouse click anywhere in the empty white section and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value“. Enter “AllowCortana” making sure the “Value Data” is set to “0” (zero) Hexadecimal base.
Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Pro
To Turn off Cortana completely on Windows 10 Pro press the “Start” button and search for and open “Edit group policy“. Next, go to “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search” and find and open “Allow Cortana“. Click “Disabled“, and press “OK“.
Restart your computer, and Cortana should be no more. Instead of “Ask me anything“, the new search box will only say “Search Windows” which seems to be much better now that it doesn’t search the internet for a locally stored document.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).March 7, 2021 at 6:10 pm #12367GrisuParticipant
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If I want to open Cortana (EU, Win10x64pro) I get the message: Cortana isnt available in my region.
I think there is no need to do anything more to disable Cortana here.
Is it different in GB/UK?March 7, 2021 at 7:20 pm #12368UK SentinelModerator
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Currently, Cortana is only available in 13 countries; Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States
I have access to Cortana but do not use it but I understand there is a work around for those wishing to use Cortana outside of the above countries and regions.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).
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