Cortana Not Working 8 Ways to Fix It Fast

Cortana Not Working 8 Ways to Fix It Fast 1

Cortana is the Microsoft virtual assistant that comes built-in to Windows 10. Cortana users have periodically reported having issues with Cortana not responding to “Hey Cortana,” Cortana going missing from the taskbar, and Cortana reminders not working. Whatever the reason, there are a few fixes you can try when Cortana is not working.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.


Reasons why Cortana won’t work in Windows might include:

  • Cortana is disabled in the Windows settings.
  • The microphone is disabled.
  • Interference from an antivirus program or another process.

Cortana cannot yet recognize all languages, and your PC can only recognize languages it is configured to support.

Try these steps in the order presented until Cortana operates normally:

  1. Turn on Cortana and configure the microphone. Make sure Cortana is enabled and configured correctly in the system settings.

  2. Test the microphone. Cortana can’t respond to commands if your mic isn’t working, so make sure the audio input is connected, enabled, and unmuted.

  3. Disable antivirus software. There are known incompatibilities with Cortana and some antivirus programs. If the problem is resolved by disabling the software, consider uninstalling it and using Windows Defender instead.

  4. Reinstall Cortana. If none of the above options work, reinstall Cortana using an elevated PowerShell prompt. Enter the following command and wait for the process to finish:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

  5. Reset the PC. Windows 10 has a reset feature that allows you to keep your personal files while restoring Windows to its original state. If none of the above options work, try a clean install of Windows.

Reinstalling Windows will cause you to lose all the files and software installed on your computer, so back up the files you want to keep.

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