How to Uninstall Cortana from Windows 11

Is Microsoft’s digital assistant bothering you? Do you want to uninstall it? You’ve come to the right place; here, we will explain removing Cortana on Windows 11. Although Microsoft doesn’t give a straightforward way to uninstall it, there are still ways.

Why Uninstall Cortana?

It is not like Microsoft’s cloud-based digital assistant; Cortana takes too much space or is filled with issues. Some users want to keep the “All Apps” list clean; hence, they want to remove Cortana. In addition to this, some users don’t like Cortana running in the background. Therefore, they want to remove it.

Whatever the reason, whether it is to keep the Start menu clean, stop Cortana from running in the background, or you are concerned about your privacy, if you are looking for ways to uninstall Cortana, here you go.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable & uninstall Cortana in Windows 11.

Remove Cortana in Windows 11 – Current User

  1. Press Windows + X > select Windows Terminal (Admin).

2. In the terminal window, paste the following command:-

Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.549981C3F5F10* | Remove-AppxPackage and press Enter key.

AppxPackage
  1. Wait for Windows 11 to remove Cortana.

Uninstall Cortana in Windows 11 – All Users

  1. Press Windows + X > Select Windows Terminal (Admin).
Windows Terminal

2. Copy and paste the following command in the Terminal Windows: Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.549981C3F5F10* | Remove-AppxPackage.

appxpackage

3. This will remove Cortana for all users on Windows 11.

How to disable Cortana in Windows 11

1. Click Windows + I to open Windows Settings.

2. Select Apps from the left pane > Apps and Features from the right side.

apps and Features

3. Search for Cortana > click the three dots icon and select Advanced options.

4. Select turn off the “Run at Log-in” from the context menu and move the slider from right to left to disable it.

How to disable Cortana From Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc and launch Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click the ‘Startup’ tab and scroll down to look for ‘Cortana.’
  3. Right-click > and from the context menu select Disable. (Refer to the screenshot below)
Startup

This doesn’t mean if you want, you cannot use Cortana. You can use it by pressing Windows + C keys.

How to Temporarily Disable Cortana Via the App in Windows 11

  1. In the Windows search bar, type Cortana > select the best search result and open the app.
Temporarily Disable Cortana
  1. Open Settings by clicking the three-dot menu (···) present in the top left-top corner.
  1. This will open the Settings window here; click the ‘Keyboard shortcut’ option.
Keyboard shortcut
  1. Disable the ‘Keyboard shortcut’ option and reboot the PC to save changes. This will keep you away from accidentally activating Cortana by pressing Windows + C keys.
  1. Once the PC restarts, again go to the Cortana Settings page, using the steps explained above. This time select the ‘Microphone’ option this time.
  1. Click the ‘Microphone Permissions’ link.
  1. Search for Cortana here and disable Microphone access to Cortana.
disable Microphone access to Cortana

This will disable the Voice Activation option to open Cortana.

Permanently Disable Cortana from Windows Registry

If you want Cortana to be disabled forever, you will need to make certain changes in Windows Registry.

Before following these steps, as Windows Registry is a crucial part of the operating system, we suggest backing up the registry. In addition to this, you can also create a System Restore Point. This will help undo changes.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run command window.
  2. Type regedit > Enter.
regedit
  1. Navigate to:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

  1. Right-click the ‘Windows Search’ folder > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
DWORD (32-bit) Value
  1. The new DWORD entry that is created in the right pane, name it “AllowCortana.”
  1. Double-click the ‘AllowCortana file’ and here change the Value data to 0. Ensure Base is selected as ‘Hexadecimal’ > Ok.
data value 0


Note: If there is no ‘Windows Search’ folder under the Windows directory, then right-click the ‘Windows’ directory > ‘New’ > ‘Key’.

key

Name the new key as “Windows Search” and follow the steps mentioned above.

Restart PC to save changes. Cortana will now be permanently disabled.

Cortana is disabled

To re-enable Cortana, change the Value data of ‘AllowCortana’ to ‘1’.

Using the above steps, you can uninstall and disable Cortana on Windows 11. However, if at any given point of time you feel like restoring Cortana, follow these steps.

How to restore Cortana in Windows 11

  1. Go to Microsoft Store > search for Cortana and look for the setup provided by “Microsoft Corporation.”

  2. Alternatively, you can click this link to install Cortana on your Windows 11.

  3. Click Install and wait for the process to finish. Once done, the voice assistant will be restored on Windows 11.

Now, you can use it to search files and folders and perform other operations.

That’s it; you now have Cortana back.

Final Words –

A few users love the Cortana app, while some want to remove Cortana as it collects personal information. If you don’t like Cortana, follow the steps explained in this post to uninstall Cortana from Windows 11.

Using these simple steps, you can remove Cortana and save your system from slowing down due to Cortana running in the background and keep All Apps clean.

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