Fix the problem with Cortana and Windows Speech Recognition

Some people have had difficulty opening Cortana with Windows Speech Recognition. Here's how to fix that. Those with mobility issues may need assistance using a keyboard and/or a mouse for some of these steps.

  • Turn off Windows Speech Recognition by saying "stop listening."

  • Start Cortana by selecting the search box on the task bar.

  • Select "I agree" to opt in to Cortana.

  • Turn Windows Speech Recognition back on by pressing Ctrl + Windows logo  key, or by saying "start listening."