Why Isn’t Cortana Available On My Windows 10 PC?

In my Windows 10, I noticed that there is no Windows Cortana available. I scratched my head and thought “Why Isn’t Cortana Available On My Windows 10 PC?”.

I searched the Internet and went to many Windows 10 help forums searching for an answer. Some forum members advised reinstalling Windows 10 or check for updates in Windows 10 and install them to make sure Windows 10 has all the latest updates.

Many other forum members have posted the same thing “Why Isn’t Cortana In My Region Or Language.”

After going through many threads in the Windows 10 help forums I was convinced that it just not me, many are having the same issue with Cortana.Why Isn't Cortana Available On My Windows 10 PC

For those of you who don’t know What Is Cortana in Windows 10. Here is the brief explanation:

Think Cortana as a personal Virtual Assistant. Who follows the commands given to her in the form of text(typing) or voice(using a mic).

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Cortana can search the internet for you or can find a particular file that you are looking for on your computer. Cortana is available in Windows 10 and comes pre-pinned in the taskbar near the Start Button.

Why Isn’t Cortana Available On My Windows 10 PC?

So after reading all the answers to my Windows 10 Cortana questions. I do try the reinstallation of Windows 10, but even after the fresh install of Windows 10, Cortana was not there in the Taskbar.

I also attempted to find Cortana Settings but did not figure out how to solve Cortana not available problem.

Frustrated by the issue I went to my Kitchen and roasted some chicken wings, it’s my favorite 🙂 and came back to my computer. And voila i found the solution.

Follow the below steps to solve how to get Cortana to work on your PC:

  • Right-click the taskbar and you will see some taskbar options as in the below screenshot.
  • Go to the “Cortana” option on the top and hover your mouse over it. Eureka we found Cortana. See it was hidden and that’s why it was not showing on my taskbar.
  • Choose “Show Cortana Icon” or “Show Search Box” and you will see the lost missing Cortana right at the place where it should be.

Cortana settings

Now you can use Cortana in Windows 10. This solution helped me.

If this didn’t work for you just let me know in the comments and will try to publish a tutorial on how to fix Cortana for you.

There may be other reasons for why Cortana is not working on your computer. Different users are facing various issues with Cortana.

Update: I found that Microsoft has not released Cortana to all the countries in its initial launch. Now Cortana is available for most of the regions around the world.

Make sure you have your Windows 10 OS updated to the latest version.

Cortana is available in these regions for these languages: (Via Microsoft)

  • Australia: English

  • Brazil: Portuguese

  • Canada: English/French

  • China: Chinese (Simplified)

  • France: French

  • Germany: German

  • India: English

  • Italy: Italian

  • Japan: Japanese

  • Mexico: Spanish

  • Spain: Spanish

  • United Kingdom: English

  • United States: English

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Rizwan is the Founder of WindowsQnA who is always ready to solve queries related to Windows OS. Apart from blogging and helping Windows OS users he loves to travel and enjoy earing Asian food.
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shows “Cortana” on menu from Taskbar properties when this item doesn’t actually appear there. completely inaccurate and useless.

robert johnson

is there anyway Cortana will respond to questions without first being giving access to all personal
communications, etc., of a windows 10 user???


Microsoft is improving Cortana. We may have some good updates to it in future.

r bench

i have windows 10 due to my computer hard drive crashing. I cannot work out how to write letters etc nor copying my photos from memory stick copied from windows 7 previously. As I am a complete novice do I need to purchase Microsoft word or similar.


You can use the free alternative to MS word. Just search google for OpenOffice for Windows 10. Thanks.
I hope this helps.

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