How to Enable Cortana on Windows 10 – Step by Step Guide

If you have just installed Windows 10 Build 9926, here is a tutorial for you that will let you enable Cortana for you. If you had been offline since past couple of weeks, you might have missed some really interesting tech stuffs. Anyway, let me tell you the most exciting feature that Microsoft has recently launched. Microsoft has launched Windows 10 Build 9926, which has Cortana that had been available on Windows Phone only.
However, if you have installed Windows 10 Build 9926 or update earlier version to this newest version, you might have already seen some UI changes in the taskbar. Now, you can find a new search box. This is what you need to set up.

How to Enable Cortana on Windows 10?

This is however very easy and not much time consuming. But, you are supposed to have valid internet connection in order to activate or enable Cortana on Windows 10 Technical Preview. When you first time open the Windows, the search box would be looking like this,
Just click on this search box to get started. After clicking the on the default search box, you will get a screen that looks as follows,
To work with Cortana, you must have to permit it to access your Store, Calendar, Contacts, App usage and more other things what are included in the agreement. Now, you need to sign in with your active Microsoft account.
If you have already added Microsoft account in your Windows 10 machine, you may not have to do this again. However, if you have not signed in with any Microsoft account, this is mandatory for you. Therefore, click the “Sign In” button and enter your Microsoft account details.
After signed in, you will have to migrate from local account to Microsoft account. Just hit the “Switch” button to do so.
Now, you’re almost done. The next thing is to set up your Name so that Cortana can call you. To enter your name, just click on the empty box and write down you name.
Then click the “Enter” button. That’s it. You have done. A screen will be appeared that looks like this.
Now, you can do anything with Cortana. You can search for anything offline or online. You can send email, get email, open any settings or do anything whatever you want.
Final Word
Windows 10 does not contain any other search except this Cortana. Therefore, it would be better for you to enable Cortana just after activating your Windows 10 PC by connecting to internet. Cortana makes it easy to search for anything. This is perfect for busy individuals. Hope it will help you too.


  1. Hi Sudip, I can not enable Cortina because I’m constantly shut out by the page headed “Sign in to this device using your MS password” This screen comes up after my regular email password is accepted in the initial sign in screen. What is confusing is that the box to sign on this page states “old password”. I’ve tried a dozen old passwords and none are accepted. Tried my current MS password and that’s rejected also. Help, please, please !! I’m stumped. Thanks much in advance.

  2. HI Sudip
    somehow the name that Cortana calls me was changed. Usually by a user error I am sure. I remember typing in the word in the search bar and now it appears that it is my name.
    Can you advise how to change it after the initial set up.
    thank you

  3. I was using Cortana and now all of a sudden I cannot. It keeps asking me to “allow” my destination and it says welcome back but that is all I can get.


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