Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    01 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10

    Disabled Windows Search service... Cortana still running?


    So I've gotten fed up enough with the terrible windows search system.

    I went into services.msc and disabled the windows search service; then restarted my computer.

    However, "Cortana" is still listed in my task manager taking up 50mb of memory.

    How do I kill Cortana?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    01 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,464
    Windows 10 Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxel View Post
    So I've gotten fed up enough with the terrible windows search system.

    I went into services.msc and disabled the windows search service; then restarted my computer.

    However, "Cortana" is still listed in my task manager taking up 50mb of memory.

    How do I kill Cortana?
    Surprising how many users want to 'kill off' Cortana! She's a nice girl once you get to know her!

    Seriously though, I've posted a rather reckless and un-researched method to disable the entire Search UI including the background process, so you try it at your own risk!

    (I'll find the link in a minute)

    Can't find the link but basically, get Task Manager/Details/SearchUI.exe and "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe" beside each other.
    Right click the SearchUI.exe in Task Manager and End Task, then you've got about 2 seconds to right click and delete the SearchUI.exe in "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe"

    Don't empty the Recycle Bin so you can Restore it if something goes terribly wrong!
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    01 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    No. Seriously... She's Clippy.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mr-clippy-angry.jpg 
Views:	2020 
Size:	21.6 KB 
ID:	27620
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    01 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hmm... it wont let me delete/rename SearchUI.exe because of a permission error. How do I get permission to rename the file?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    01 Aug 2015 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,464
    Windows 10 Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxel View Post
    Hmm... it wont let me delete/rename SearchUI.exe because of a permission error. How do I get permission to rename the file?
    You have to take Ownership of the file:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    (You won't have time to rename it)
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  6.    01 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    You have to take Ownership of the file:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    (You won't have time to rename it)
    Doesnt seem to work. Ran the reg, didnt add Take Ownership context menu.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    01 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Wait... I got it. I had to take ownership of the directory... it wouldnt let me take ownership of the EXE.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    01 Aug 2015 #8
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,368
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  9.    01 Aug 2015 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Uhh... no. That still leaves Cortana running in the background... which is the ENTIRE purpose of this thread.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  10.    01 Aug 2015 #10
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,464
    Windows 10 Professional
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
"We're getting search ready" error - Windows/Cortana Search
Hi guys, I have been using Windows 10 build 10240 for a while and I have a big problem regarding search. When I try to search for something from the search box in the Taskbar, I get this message. It is unable to find many of the files and...
General Support
Solved I don't have the option to make cortana a search box
So I just installed Windows 10 a day ago, and all I have to say is wow, Microsoft did great. I'm blown away by it's speed/ease of use! Anyways, when I click on Cortana, the only options that I have are to show or hide the Cortana icon, I don't have...
Software and Apps
Cortana / Search The Web and Windows Not Working - Build 9926
To any/all Windows 10 gurus here : Not a huge deal-breaker for me, but from Day 1 I have not been able to get Cortana working. Every time I click down in the Cortana / Search text entry window, it just briefly pops up, then disappears;...
Windows Insider
Search Bar Greyed Out and Cortana Broken
I created a video explaining my issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAWmJa-JKp0 In addition, Cortana doesn't work at all.
General Support
Cortana/Search non working
My Cortana/Search feature does not work at all. i click it and it just kinda highlights it and i cannot type into it. i rely on this quite a bit any ideas?
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:33.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums