Windows 10: Gpedit problem Solved

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  1.    05 Nov 2016 #1

    Gpedit problem

    I just repair installed win 10 32 1607. Some things were messed up but I've been able to correct most. However I saw a recent post on how to remove Cortana. One suggestion was to use gpedit. But when I started gpedit,msc I got the attached message
    The program ran after I dismissed the message twice but did not display the needed choices. I took a shot at editing the referenced file but couldn't save it because it's in Windows directory and is protected. (I am the Administrator). How can I fix gpedit?

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  2. Posts : 21,706
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16232
       05 Nov 2016 #2

    Hello Bob,

    This is a bug in the latest Insider build, but should have the policies available after clicking on OK twice for those messages. If you like, you could use OPTION TWO below instead for this with .reg files.
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  3. Posts : 11,583
    Windows 10 Pro
       05 Nov 2016 #3

    Thanks Brink for explaining this, I have wondered why I always get this error message twice when opening Group Policy Editor:

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    I've not been worried because other than having to click twice to get rid of the messages, it has been working. Anyway, it's good to know it's not just me
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  4.    05 Nov 2016 #4

    Wow, You got back to me before I finished editing my post! As I said, the gpedit did not display a "Search" option nor could I find one in the various options. I made the registry change but Cortana is still running. Guess I'll let it alone, it only uses 24k.
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  5. Posts : 21,706
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16232
       05 Nov 2016 #5

    You may need to restart the computer after disabling with the .reg file to fully apply.

    Double check to see if this running Cortana may just be the search process (SearchUI.exe) used by Windows Search instead.

    If you disable Cortana, you should see a search icon or search icon on the search box instead of a Cortana icon on the taskbar.
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  6.    06 Nov 2016 #6

    OK. I was unnerved by seeing Cortana in Task Manager. But it's just sitting there, doing nothing.
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  7. Posts : 21,706
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16232
       06 Nov 2016 #7

    Well, if you have Cortana disabled and restarted explorer or computer afterwards, you should only see a Search icon on the taskbar instead of the Cortana icon.
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  8.    06 Nov 2016 #8

    Perhaps. But I disabled the taskbar search -- and I use Classic Start Menu, which includes a search box. Anyway, it seems that Cortana has become a part of Win 10, whether it is used or not.
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  9. Posts : 21,706
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16232
       06 Nov 2016 #9

    What are you seeing to indicate that Cortana is still running?

    Cortana in Task Manager is for Windows Search instead of the personal assistant. These are two separate things.
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  10.    07 Nov 2016 #10

    Yes. It does seem to me to be misleading to report Cortana in the Task Manager when it is, in fact, simply acting as Windows Search. However, since I am the only one who tripped up on this I'll move along to other concerns.

    Thanks, tcebob
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