How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10 using PowerShell

Cortana is included in Windows 10. (More information about Cortana:

When creating a Windows 10 master image, you may want to disable it. You can disable Cortana using PowerShell with a registry key:

This transforms the Cortana box into a “Search Windows” box.

Note: you can also disable Cortana by GPO.

Navigate to:

  • Computer Configuration
  • > Administrative Templates
  • >> Windows Components
  • >>> Search.

Set the “Allow Cortana” option to “Disabled


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I work as a System Engineer, based in Switzerland with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 8 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.