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  1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
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    Windows 10 Professional
       02 Sep 2016 #11

    Oh, Bree's answer seems like a really logical solution. I never knew that. I always look for the most "extreme" solution. In this case the "extreme" solution would be completely uninstalling it.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Xp, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
       02 Sep 2016 #12

    pepanee said: View Post
    Oh, Bree's answer seems like a really logical solution. I never knew that. I always look for the most "extreme" solution. In this case the "extreme" solution would be completely uninstalling it.
    Yes, I'd actually favor your extreme solution. I did what he suggested, which is better than nothing, but it still leaves all that junk running. Which uses memory, CPU and does other unnecessary stuff in the background.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 294
    Windows 10 Professional
       02 Sep 2016 #13

    Yep, you're right. That will always be running in the background using memory, (hey look! we're back to having Cortana using your memory to remember things for you, haha.) I'm kidding, I know what you mean, I prefer to have all my computer memory dedicated to only the programs that I want to use all that for.

    But for the time being, use Bree's solution.

    Also, FYI, the following information actually helps me cope with this idea, and hopefully help you cope:
    Windows 10 actually has SOOOOO much crap running in the background, (Programs, Services, Tasks from the Task Schedule, and more 'styles' of different application starters) that if your computer is running at a fair speed, then..
    It's all good bro!

    Just gotta keep all that in mind... because believe me, I would LOVE to have someone analyze all the crap that is running and disable EVERYTHING I don't need. That would probably consist of somewhere around a hundred different things!
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  4. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 1,112
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       02 Sep 2016 #14

    pepanee said: View Post
    Oh, Bree's answer seems like a really logical solution. I never knew that. I always look for the most "extreme" solution. In this case the "extreme" solution would be completely uninstalling it.
    Thanks.

    For an 'extreme' solution you can't uninstall Cortana, she's built in to the OS. You can however disable her completely in the registry.
    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Unfortunately that also removes the '...and the internet' from the 'Search this computer and the internet' box. I prefer to just turn off as much of her' snooping ' abilities as possible.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Xp, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
       02 Sep 2016 #15

    Bree said: View Post
    Thanks.

    For an 'extreme' solution you can't uninstall Cortana, she's built in to the OS. You can however disable her completely in the registry.
    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Unfortunately that also removes the '...and the internet' from the 'Search this computer and the internet' box. I prefer to just turn off as much of her' snooping ' abilities as possible.
    Aha. That's what I wanted. Trusted Group Policy to the rescue! Thanks. It worked. I wish they had a search box on that gpedit.msc snap-in console. Otherwise it's virtually impossible to find stuff in there. And they keep adding new GPOs to it every time.

    Oh, and to your comment about searching the internet. I have a really good solution for it. Here it is. Works like a charm. Just add it as a home page for your Chrome browser and you're just a click away from a very good Internet search. No gimmicks in your start menu required.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 294
    Windows 10 Professional
       02 Sep 2016 #16

    Cool =) I guess I'll try that too

    Sorry that I didn't know that at first to help you out through all this
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  7. Joined : Dec 2013
    England
    Posts : 837
    Windows IP 15007 Windows 14393.693
       02 Sep 2016 #17

    ahmd said: View Post
    Hmm. Why would I need that cortana? And how do I uninstall it? I don't need my desktop to remind me anything.
    You can switch off Cortana, start button type Cortana and switch off at the window.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Xp, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
       02 Sep 2016 #18

    brummyfan said: View Post
    You can switch off Cortana, start button type Cortana and switch off at the window.
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    No. This doesn't do much. The way to go is what Bree suggested above via the GPO. That is how enterprise users deal with gimmicky stuff in Windows.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Sep 2016 #19

    ahmd said: View Post
    Nice sarcasm. But I really do not appreciate my desktop doing all this superfluous BS. It's OK to have all that on a smartphone (a toy) but not on my system that I use for work.

    There must be a way to disable some service or something to get rid of this nuisance?
    That's funny. I paid almost as much for my Galaxy Note 7 as I did for my PC. That's a hell of a "toy". In fact, I do more on my phone, and spend more time with my phone, than I do a PC. And I'm a professional software developer. So I have a hard time justifying such a productivity tool as a "toy".
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  10. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Xp, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
       02 Sep 2016 #20

    Mystere said: View Post
    That's funny. I paid almost as much for my Galaxy Note 7 as I did for my PC. That's a hell of a "toy". In fact, I do more on my phone, and spend more time with my phone, than I do a PC. And I'm a professional software developer. So I have a hard time justifying such a productivity tool as a "toy".
    You develop software on your Note 7? As a side note, I'm sure you're aware of this, right.
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