How To Fix Cortana Errors In Windows 10

Uninstalling and reinstalling Windows 10 default apps has been covered by us in some past posts. While the method is useful in getting rid of bloatware, there are some other hidden benefits to it as well. For example, if a pre-installed app just won’t work for you properly, the oldest trick in the book (turning it on and off again) might be what you need. Just like other default apps, to fix Cortana you have to re-install it. This can be done using PowerShell, as you might have guessed it already.

For those wondering why you would need to fix Cortana in the first place, the problem lies with the voice assistant becoming unresponsive or displaying the error message prompting users to re-sign in with their Microsoft accounts. Here are some of the things you can do to get rid of this nuisance and make the voice commands work again.

Fix Cortana Errors

Fix Cortana Using PowerShell & Other Methods

  1. Before delving into PowerShell, try some of the more obvious solutions. Maybe signing out of your main Microsoft account and then signing back in really will solve the problem. Or you can try to disable Cortana, and then enable it again. If things like this render no result though, it might be time to go to PowerShell.
  2. Type in ‘Windows PowerShell’ in the Start menu’s search box. This should take you to the desired command prompt.
  3. Enter the following command into the Shell command prompt;
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    This reinstalls the Cortana app package, even if you have the app already installed. Experience has shown this to be a good way to fix Cortana errors and other problems.
  4. If you get Cortana to work after reinstalling it, but the search becomes inaccurate, you will need to re-index everything. This can be done by going to the ‘Indexing Options’ entry of the Control Panel. The option to rebuild the whole thing is located under the ‘Advanced’ tab.

The above steps should be enough to fix Cortana for you, but if nothing works, maybe you just aren’t in a supported region, which can be overcome by going through our guide on this subject.