Has Windows 10 Cortana Stopped Working On Your PC? Here’s How To Fix It

Has Windows 10 Cortana Stopped Working On Your PC? Here’s How To Fix It
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After Windows 10 was download, there were rarely any problems I faced with this Microsoft’s latest operating system that I could complain about, other than the laptop battery draining faster than before. As I was too happy with my OS, Windows 10 Cortana suddenly said, “Wait! Don’t be! Windows 10 is not that perfect after all.” This wasn’t a pop-up, it was a silent message.


While working, I suddenly realized that Windows 10 Cortana stopped functioning. Just a few minutes back, it was, then what went wrong all of a sudden? After checking the Start Menu, it was alright. I then checked Notifications and then the Store, everything was working perfectly fine. I decided to restart my device and check Windows 10 Cortana after the reboot. What happened after that? Things started getting worse. Slowly, every icon on the taskbar started getting locked and inactive. The notifications window wasn’t opening.

I then looked for solutions on Microsoft and other forums where people facing the same issue had discussed different ways to fix the problem. Many people are also facing this issue with the Start Menu. Luckily, I did not have to go through that torture.

Windows 10 Cortana not working: Here’s how I fixed it

I then checked if I have missed any updates. As Microsoft runs automatic updates, the chances were slim. I went to “Update and Security,” a few updates were lying uninstalled. Unfortunately, even after trying to install the updates, the installation status was “Failed.” I once again decided to reboot my system. This time, I got an “Update and Shut Down” option. While restarting my machine today, the installation of updates began.

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After ten minutes, the installation was successfully completed and my Windows 10 Cortana was back. This makes me wonder if Microsoft has stopped or has paused the automatic installation of updates. The pending updates were the reason behind the inactive Cortana. This then led to dying of other icons on the taskbar – first Notifications and then the volume button.

If your Windows 10 Cortana stops working all of a sudden, go to Settings > Windows Update and look for uninstalled updates. If there are any, install them. If the install fails, try “Update and Shut Down.” Choose the option and restart your machine after some time. This should work.