Windows 10: This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

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  1. Bazz Win User

    This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

    This is how to permanently disable Cortana, first start into safe mode and navigate to C:/Windows/SystemApps/Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy you will need to Take Ownership of the Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy folder and then delete the file SearchUI.exe. If anyone knows how to remover it from the start menu it would be much appreciated.


    Bazz, Aug 7, 2015

  2. How to enable cortana

    Hey i permanently disabled Cortana i didnt know that cortana and the search bar are tied can someone tell me how to get cortana back or is there any other way to search an app. help me plz
    anoosh zaidi, Aug 7, 2015
  3. AndyM51 Win User
    How do I silence Cortana? I do not want her to ever speak....

    No. I do not want Cortana to speak if I accidentally brush the microphone icon. How do I permanently disable her speech?.
    AndyM51, Aug 7, 2015
  4. This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

    To turn Cortana off in the Start Menu:
    Bring up the Start menu and start typing. Click on the "hamburger" icon in the left sidebar and choose "Settings". From there, you can turn off Cortana.

    Permanately Disable Cortana Without using safe mode:
    Install Unlocker 1.92
    Navigate to the following folder: "C:/Windows/SystemApps/Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy"
    Right click "SearchUI.exe" and select "Unlocker"
    Under the action menu, select "Rename"
    Give it a new name such as "Disabled.SearchUI.exe"
    Click OK.

    To clear Cortana from the PC memory, either reboot or open task manager and kill Cortana.
    fmustang76, Aug 8, 2015
  5. Bazz Win User
    I want to get it out of my all apps menu.
    Bazz, Aug 8, 2015
  6. scrosler Win User
    Your the man! This worked perfectly for me. I used "Wise Force Deleter" (freeware app). She is now GONE! I need to find the start menu entry for her. When I do I will post back...

    Now onto "One Drive," lol

    scrosler, Sep 7, 2015
  7. scrosler Win User
    Ouch, if you do delete this file (or rename it) you will not be able to search from the Start Menu. For me that is a major must have so I restored the file from another PC. *Eek
    scrosler, Sep 7, 2015
  8. This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

    Yes, that is correct and I myself also restored Cortana shortly after disabling it after finding the same result. But for some, that is what they want to do, hence I recommend renaming the file rather than deleting it to easily restore Cortana if desired.
    fmustang76, Sep 9, 2015
  9. scrosler Win User
    Very true, but to take ownership I had to use Wise File Zapper. But I guess it would be a good idea to make a copy of the file before deleting it. Good point!
    scrosler, Sep 9, 2015
  10. Phillips9 Win User
    Cortana was disabled bt a privacy program. I cannot set it to ON. How do I restore it together with the search?

    My country and language settings are USA thus I got this with the download.
    Phillips9, Sep 11, 2015
  11. BigJiM65 Win User
    Thank you! just renamed file with unlocker and she's gone.
    BigJiM65, Sep 13, 2015
  12. melsner Win User
    I found this thread AFTER I managed to figure out how to take ownership, end, and delete the cortana folder. Anyone have the files they can post/send so I can get Cortana back? I really just want to be able to search. Had I known the search feature would be removed too, I wouldn't have deleted it *Sad
    melsner, Oct 14, 2015
  13. Brink
    Brink New Member

    This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

    Brink, Oct 14, 2015
  14. Me too, can please someone post this via dropbox?
    RazeLegendz, Nov 3, 2015
  15. Addy Win User
    FMustang76, great solution!
    The only thing now is that I receive two faults in the event viewer:

    1. Event-id 5973:
    Activation app Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI failed, the system can't find the file. Look in log Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Operational.

    2. Event-10001:
    Can't start DCOM Server CortanaUI, not available.
    Fault "2" as a result of command "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe" -ServerName:CortanaUI.AppXa50dqqa5gqv4a428c9y1jjw7m3btvepj.mca.


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