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I followed the steps listed by MC10 in this link Can I completely disable Cortana on Windows 10?

But then I realized it disables being able to search using the start menu and I want to re-enable Cortana. I tried deleting the .bak from the file folder, but I can't because Windows created a new identical folder. I tried removing the new folder and removing .bak, restart, no luck and then I also just got rid of the old .bak folder, restart no luck.

How can I get Cortana working again?

  • If your running Version 1511 you can't, the commands you would need to use, are not working the current build. You approached disabling Cortana the incorrect way sadly – Ramhound Jan 30 '16 at 18:05
  • So am I just out of luck other than doing a clean install? – Jay Jan 31 '16 at 18:51
  • Hey, did you find a method to solve this? – Reeshabh Ranjan Oct 2 '17 at 18:19
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I've done it. I had two files Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.bak ( * first step * remove .bak put in a z )and Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy ( after the first step put a Z ) I removde .bak from the first one and put a z at the end. Same for the other one put a Z and then it should have merged, just remove the z and you're good to go.

  • Hey, can you please update your answer. I doubt if it will work today too. – Reeshabh Ranjan Oct 2 '17 at 18:19

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