How To Setup And Use Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft has introduced Cortana as a personal digital assistant to the user. Cortana can do several things for you just like a personal assistant does. Cortana can set alarms for you, reminders for meetings, search the web and many more. For using this feature, you need to setup Cortana first. You need to have a Microsoft account in order to setup Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. This tutorial shows, how to setup and use Cortana on your PC.

What do we need:

How to setup and use Cortana on Windows 10 PC?

Step 1

Go to start menu, and you will find Cortana in Start Menu programs list. You can also search for Cortana on Start menu.

Cortana will start with a welcome message, “Hi, I’m Cortana“.

Step 2

It will show you list of the things that Cortana can do for you, scroll down to view more.

To start setting up Cortana, click on Next button.

Next, you will see a license agreement. Click on I agree button to agree the terms.

Step 3

Cortana will ask your Name. Cortana will call you by this name. Enter your name in the box provided and click on Next button.

You have to switch to Microsoft account on your Windows 10, if you are using a local account. You will be prompted for your current local account password. Enter the password in the box provided and click on Next.

Step 4

Now is the time to sign in to your Microsoft account. Enter your login email id an password for your Microsoft account and click on the Next button. If you do not have a Microsoft account, you can create one by clicking on Create a new account link below the password field.

It will verify your Email Id by asking you to re-enter your email. Enter same email id in the second text box and click on Next.

A verification code will be sent to your email account that you have entered above. Go to your email account and open the mail received from Microsoft, you will find verification code in it. Type this verification code on the box provided on Cortana setup page and click Next.

Step 5

You are almost there, click on Switch button to switch from a local account to Microsoft account on your PC.

Now, you are ready to use Cortana. Just click on Got it button to start talking.

Cortana will show you the list of tips for you. You can get more tips by clicking on See more tips link.

Cortana’s setup is complete now. You can either type your queries or alternatively, you can use your headphone to talk to Cortana. Just plug in your headphone and start talking.

You will see that Search icon has change from a lens to round Cortana symbol on the Taskbar.

You have successfully setup Cortana in Windows 10. Should you face any problem during setup, leave a comment below. Here are few other things that you may be interested in-
How to Upgrade to Windows 10?
How to Install a clean copy of Windows 10?
How to download Windows 10 ISO any version?

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.


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