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  1. slicendice's Avatar
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       25 Feb 2018 #1

    Edge performance and Reliability


    Today I tried to figure out what is causing Edge to freeze a couple of minutes after first launch, for 1-2 minutes, before becoming responsive again. (Microsoft Edge Manager running at 100% on 1 core)

    What I did, was completely disabling Cortana via reg edit. (since this can not be done in Settings anymore, after Cortana has been activated).

    To my surprise, the 2 minute freeze is completely gone now.


    Here is what I did in the registry:

    1. Navigate to:
    Code:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    2. Add the following Key:
    Code:
    AllowCortana: as REG_DWORD(32-bit)
    3. Put the value as HEX:
    Code:
    0x00000000
    (0x00000001 enables Cortana again)
    4. Reboot computer ,for settings to take effect.

    Voila! Issue completely gone!

    For convenience I attached REG files for enabling and disabling Cortana:
    Cortana_DISABLE.reg
    Cortana_ENABLE.reg
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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       25 Feb 2018 #2

    Toni, did you try turning it off, in Edge's advanced settings first?
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  3. Cliff S's Avatar
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       25 Feb 2018 #3

    I just turned it off and browsed a bit, thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
    No more waiting to/for a response.
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  4. slicendice's Avatar
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       26 Feb 2018 #4

    Cliff, I killed Cortana completely, since I find it useless. Cortana does not help me be more productive in any way, it is quite the opposite and it slows everything down.

    Since I killed Cortana, I don't even have that button in Edge Privacy section anymore. :)
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
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       26 Feb 2018 #5

    slicendice said: View Post
    Cliff, I killed Cortana completely, since I find it useless. Cortana does not help me be more productive in any way, it is quite the opposite and it slows everything down.

    Since I killed Cortana, I don't even have that button in Edge Privacy section anymore. :)
    It's not that I find it useless, I just ALWAYS forget to use it
    (muscle memory, I either search using the Windows key, or do it from File Explorer, automatically.
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  6. slicendice's Avatar
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       26 Feb 2018 #6

    Cliff S said: View Post
    It's not that I find it useless, I just ALWAYS forget to use it
    (muscle memory, I either search using the Windows key, or do it from File Explorer, automatically.


    ...same here, and that is why I finally decided Cortana is useless for me. I never use that feature.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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       26 Feb 2018 #7

    Cliff S said: View Post
    It's not that I find it useless, I just ALWAYS forget to use it
    (muscle memory, I either search using the Windows key, or do it from File Explorer, automatically.
    slicendice said: View Post


    ...same here, and that is why I finally decided Cortana is useless for me. I never use that feature.
    Actually...

    Next time you hit the WinKey and type something to search for, pause for a moment before clicking on the search result and click the 'hamburger' settings icon top left...

    ...guess who found it for you :)
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  8. slicendice's Avatar
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       26 Feb 2018 #8

    Bree said: View Post
    Actually...

    Next time you hit the WinKey and type something to search for, pause for a moment before clicking on the search result and click the 'hamburger' settings icon top left...

    ...guess who found it for you :)
    All I need to find via START is my apps/tools (usually I even press WIN+R and type what I need my computer to launch or do)...the rest I know where is when needed. If I need information I am already searching with Google using Chrome. Cortana finds squat (at least for my search criteria).
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       06 Mar 2018 #9

    The other day I was looking through my Mobile App usage (specifically browser usage). And guess what! I use Edge for Android over 90% of the time.

    That is how good and reliable Edge is at the moment. Edge works equally well for me on my PC, after I removed Cortana integration from it. :)

    Edge still has hope! Just a minor UI fix and it would be perfect.
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