Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 14316 to insiders in the fast ring and is available to download with plenty of exciting new features. The software giant has showcased Cortana working on the lock screen at the Build 2016 event, in this build 14316, that feature has not been polished enough to use and hence it is not turned on by default, here is how you can.

UPDATE April 24, 2016: New insider build 14328 has been released for Windows 10 and is available with new features and updates. With this build, you no longer need the following registry hack to get cortana on lock screen, because Microsoft has enabled it by default, provided you need to visit Cortana settings and under lock screen options, and ensure ‘Let me use Cortana even when my device is locked’ checked.

Enabling Cortana on Lock Screen in Windows 10 build 14316

  1. Open registry editor by typing regedit in the Run command
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Preferences\
  3. Create a new DWORD with name VoiceActivationEnableAboveLockScreen and give its value as ‘1′
  4. Restart your computer for the changes to apply, stop at lock screen and say ‘Hey Cortana’ to see if it is working or not.

Now read: Windows 10’s both Lock and Login Screens to Share same background from Build 14279