Here is a good news for Windows 10 users. If you are a Fast Ring insider and installed the recently released build 14316 of Windows, you can enable and use Cortana on the Lock Screen in Windows 10. Here is how.
Earlier, during Build 2016, Microsoft announced that Cortana will be able to work at the Lock Screen in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Windows 10 build 14316, which was rolled out for Fast Ring Insiders yesterday comes with an early implementation of this feature. If you are interested in trying it in action, you need to install that build and apply the following Registry tweak.
How to enable Cortana on Lock Screen
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
- Create a new 32-bit DWORD value here called VoiceActivationEnableAboveLockscreen and set its value data to 1.
- Restart Windows 10.
There are a few glitches in the current implementation of the Lock Screen Cortana:
- "Hey, Cortana" activation doesn’t work 100% of the time
- Cortana’s card UI doesn’t scale well and overall its animations are laggy.
The following video demonstrates Cortana on the Lock Screen in action:
What do you think about this new feature? Do you like it or do you see no use for Cortana at the Lock Screen?
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