• Paul Fingleton

How to enable Cortana in Windows 10 in Ireland and other non-US countries.

By far one of the most popular articles on this site has been from Irish users looking to enable Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, on their Windows 10 PC's.

Microsoft announced to it's Windows Insider Program that with build 10532 Cortana will be available to certain new markets, such as Australia, Japan and Canada. However, Cortana is available to normal Windows users in other markets such as Ireland if you use the following configurations - without needing to run any special builds of Windows 10.

The important thing to note for Cortana to available on your PC or tablet, your Country or Region, Language, and Speech Language needs to be in one of the below combinations.

1. Open Settings. Select Time & language, and then Region & language.

2. Check the Language (set as default) setting for your Windows display language. If your desired language is not available, add your desired language:

  • Click Add a Language.

  • Select your desired language from the list.

  • Select the desired locale, which is the language/country combination.

  • Click on the newly selected locale and select Options.

  • Under Download language pack, click Download.

  • Under Speech, click Download.

  • After the downloads are complete (this could take several minutes), return to the Time & Language settings.

  • Click on your new language and select Set as Default.

NOTE: IF you changed languages, you must sign out of your account and back in for the new setting to take effect.

3. Check the Country or region setting. Make sure the country selected corresponds with the Windows display language set in the Language setting.

4. Return to Settings and Time & language, and then select Speech. Check the Speech language setting, and make sure it’s aligned with the previous settings.

If you are still having issues; you can further verify your settings:

  • From Region & Language, under languages is a Related settings section, click on Additional date, time & regional settings, then in the control panel widow that opens:

  • Under Language, click Add a language.

  • A table of installed languages will display, click Options for the language you are using.

  • At the top of the page under Windows display language, click Make default display language (or something like that).

  • You will need to sign out for changes to take effect.

Note: If it says Enabled under Windows display language, then this is already done.

Finally, If you log on to your PC and the old Search icon is still present click on this and in the setting for Search you may need to enable Cortana.

Although Cortana is not officially available in Ireland, Microsoft's answer to Siri or Google Now is able to provide a lot of local news, directions, reminders and recommendations tailored for Irish users. So, why not turn it on and take it for a spin - if you don't like it, you can always turn it back off in the settings.