How to Properly Disable Cortana in Microsoft Windows 10

Josephur

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#41
What I would do actually is copy the entire directory and retain permissions before you mess with it, that way you can simply copy it back if need be in the future. Xcopy on an Administrative Command Prompt with the /O /X /E /H /K switches should suffice, but I haven't tested that myself.
 


#42

How to Properly Disable Cortana in Windows 10

Using Local Group Policy Editor in Microsoft Windows 10, it is possible to completely disable Cortana, without it restarting, and without editing the registry, or making forced changes.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to properly disable Cortana on Microsoft Windows 10 client.
  • Search and open gpedit.msc
  • Locate Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
  • Scroll down to Search and find "Allow Cortana". Right-click to "Edit"
  • Disable
  • Search the Command Prompt with elevated privileges by right-clicking and "Run as Administrator"
  • Execute gpupdate /force in the Command Prompt.
  • Go to Task Manager and end the "Cortana" task.
  • Cortana is disabled as a matter of company policy and will not run in the background, even when disabled.
Additional notes 2015-11-15:

It is true that this process disabled Cortana, but does not remove the process. This is still an effort that people are working on and discussing.
Thank for your guide, I need it, I just used window 10 ;)
 


#43
Mike trying to follow you post on removing Cortana cannot find the gpedit.msc
 


#45
I am new to this, and still learning, but in order to remove the process from task manager, I think I found a way. I navigated to C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy. Then I took ownership of the file SearchUI.exe. Then I renamed it to SearchUI.exe.old. Cortana Files.jpg
 


Veegertx

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#46
Mike trying to follow you post on removing Cortana cannot find the gpedit.msc
Windows Home doesn't have gpedit if thats your version of windows
 


Veegertx

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#47
I am new to this, and still learning, but in order to remove the process from task manager, I think I found a way. I navigated to C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy. Then I took ownership of the file SearchUI.exe. Then I renamed it to SearchUI.exe.old. View attachment 35672
Thats not new and so widely posted across the www
 


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