Windows 10: How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??

Discus and support How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; So after turning off Cortana in settings, I see its still running in the Task Manager, right click to end task and it starts right back up. So how do... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by DTG1, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. DTG1 Win User

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??


    So after turning off Cortana in settings, I see its still running in the Task Manager, right click to end task and it starts right back up. So how do you disable it completely? *really

    found this...


    After playing around with it a bit, and I think I found a method.

    Open Task Manager and have it show More details. Right click on Cortana and select Open file location.

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? [​IMG]

    Now find the Cortana folder, right click it, and select Rename. I would recommend just adding ".bak" to the end of the folder name so you can find it easily if you want to restore it back to it's original status.

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? [​IMG]

    If you attempt to rename, it will tell you that the folder is in use.

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? [​IMG]

    This is when you want to go back to Task Manager, right click on Cortana, and select End task.

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? [​IMG]

    Right after the task ends, switch back to the Folder In Use window and click Try Again. The folder should be renamed and the Cortana task will not start again.


    :)
     
    DTG1, Aug 8, 2015
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  2. Andre Da Costa, Aug 8, 2015
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  3. Windows 10 Freezing randomly [SOLVED]

    Hi,

    I solved this problem by disabling Cortana. I now have the Search Windows box instead of Ask Cortana. This does involve a registry change.

    Instructions are here

    How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10

    or

    How to Disable Cortana on Windows 10

    If Cortana reappears after a win10 update you will need to make the change again.

    Cortana was also making Word and Excel 2007 extremely slow to start.

    I never used Cortana.

    G
     
    SkySurferG, Aug 8, 2015
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  4. Bazz Win User

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??

    Solved This is How to permanently Disable Cortana - Windows 10 Forums
     
    Bazz, Aug 8, 2015
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  5. YOU
    You Win User
    Unfortunately, this disables the Search function, too.
     
  6. Bazz Win User
    Yes it does mate that's the only downside, I can live without the search function.
     
    Bazz, Aug 8, 2015
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  7. DTG1 Win User
    The advantage is for desktop users, if MS doesnt want close a program we want closed, we find another way. IMHO Cortana is a privacy issue that is sending your info back to MS.

    Oh, and F-bing.
     
    DTG1, Aug 8, 2015
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  8. Bazz Win User

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??

    Yep I don't want Cortana or need Cortana so I'm thinking about deleting the whole folder, it will give me 64mb's of extra space.
     
    Bazz, Aug 8, 2015
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  9. DTG1 Win User
    I wonder if MS will force you install it again.
     
    DTG1, Aug 8, 2015
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  10. TeknoBug Win User
    Add AllowCortana with the value of 0 in Windows Search under Policies/Microsoft/Windows in regedit . I no longer have that 25-30MB Cortana process
     
    TeknoBug, Aug 8, 2015
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  11. DTG1 Win User
    hklm? Hkcu? I dont see a Windows Search there.

    in [ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search ] there is a key for "CortanaMUID". I dont know what this value is, yet.
     
  12. rem 0 - Disable Cortana in Taskbar search
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "CortanaEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    REM 0 - Disable Cortana, Bing Search and Searchbar
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortana" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
     
    TairikuOkami, Aug 10, 2015
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  13. Aanderzz Win User

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??

    Hey all, I'm new here, and I followed this advice some time ago when I first got windows 10 and didn't like Cortana. however now I would like to have the search bar back......is there anyway to reverse this process? I simply tried to walk it back, but it wouldn't let me. HELP!
     
    Aanderzz, Nov 20, 2015
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  14. TairikuOkami, Nov 20, 2015
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  15. Mackarus Win User
    I just wanted to bring attention to other duplicates of Cortana in the C:\Windows\WinSxS cache folder under the

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-c..sktop.appxmain.root_%uniquehashgoeshere% folders. A lot of the files are almost identical, should they also be deleted?

    Note that TrustedInstaller prevents even an admin from deleting or renaming any of the folders.
     
    Mackarus, Dec 4, 2015
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