Why Isn’t Cortana In My Region Or Language?

If you attempt to turn on Cortana app windows 10 running in unsupported language and region, you will meet with the following message:

Cortana isn’t supported in the region and language you’ve selected.

Applies to Windows 10

Cortana is available in the following countries/regions: China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. Cortana is available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English (U.K.), English (U.S.), French, Italian, German and Spanish

  • To use Cortana, all these settings must be set to the same language:

    • Languages (this is your device language)

    • Speech language (language pack must be installed)

    • Country or region

  • Note: If you change your region, you might not be able to shop at Store, or use things you’ve purchased, such as memberships and subscriptions, games, films, TV and music.

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Though the list of regions and languages supported by Cortana may be quickly expand in the near future, here’s the workaround which allows you to enable the Cortana in Windows 10 selected with unsupported region and language. The trick is essentially to configure Windows 10 to match the Cortana’s supported region and language to get Cortana working.

  1. Open Windows 10 Quick Access menu, and go to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Clock, Language and Region.
  3. Click or tap on Region to open the Region window.
  4. In the Region window, change the following settings:In Location tab, set Home location as United States.Optional (Cortana does support non-US and non-UK regional English, but if the above setting does not allow you to turn on the Cortana, do also the following):In Formats tab, set Format as English (United States).
    In the Administrative tab, click or tap Change system locale button and set Current system locale to English (United States).
  5. Optional (only if above trick doesn’t work): Go back to Clock, Language and Region and select Language. AddEnglish (United States) as a language, and move it to the top to make it the primary language.
  6. Restart the computer if applicable.

Cortana windows is ready to be set up and used. Note that you need to sign in to Microsoft Account (MSA) to use Cortana. Cortana works with both keyboard input or voice input through microphone.

Note

While changing the region and language of Windows 10 to United States and English (United States) allows you to turn on Cortana, it also means that there is higher chance that Cortana couldn’t understand your pronunciation, especially if you’re non-native speaker. You can improve the Cortana recognition rate by turning on the recognition of non-native accent.To do so, open Windows 10 Settings, go to -> Time & language -> Speech. Under the “Speech language” heading, choose the language you speak with this device from the drop-down list, i.e. English (United States) in this case, and then select the check box for Recognize non-active accents for this language.

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What Is Cortana Windows 10

Cortana home screenCortana is an intelligent personal assistant created by Microsoft for Windows Phone 8.1 (where it now supersedes Bing Mobile), Microsoft Band, Windows 10, and coming to iOS, Android, and the Xbox One.

Cortana was demonstrated for the first time at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference (April 2–4, 2014) in San Francisco. It has been launched as a key ingredient of Microsoft’s planned “makeover” of the future operating systems for Windows Phone and Windows. It is named after Cortana, a synthetic intelligence character in Microsoft’s Halo video game franchise originating in Bungie folklore, with Jen Taylor, the character’s voice actress, returning to voice the personal assistant’s US-specific version.

As of 2015, Cortana is available as a beta to all users of Windows Phone 8.1 in the United States (US English), China (Mandarin Chinese), and the United Kingdom (UK English). Users in certain countries can also choose to opt-in to the alpha for the English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish versions of Cortana on Windows Phone as of August 2014. In most of these regions, Cortana is also available via Windows Insider to both PC and mobile preview users of Windows 10.

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant.

Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

To get started, type a question in the search box on the taskbar. Or select the microphone icon and talk to Cortana. (Typing works for all types of PCs, but you need a mic to talk.)

Source : microsoft

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