Windows 10: Any way of permenently closing the "Search" app?

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  1.    11 Jul 2015 #1

    Any way of permenently closing the "Search" app?


    Specifically "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" I do not need this running in the background and it is showing up on Display Fusion's taskbar.
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  2. Posts : 167
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64
       11 Jul 2015 #2

    I dunno about running in background, but it can be disabled from showing on the taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar -> Search -> Disable.
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  3.    11 Jul 2015 #3

    Delicieuxz said: View Post
    I dunno about running in background, but it can be disabled from showing on the taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar -> Search -> Disable.
    As I said, it is showing up on Display Fusion's taskbar so I am looking for a way of actually turning it off. Unrelated to that, it chews up close to 1% of my CPU cycles a lot of the time and it's just extra crap I don't need running in the background.
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    Windows 10 Professional
       11 Jul 2015 #4

    BaconCatBug said: View Post
    Specifically "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" I do not need this running in the background and it is showing up on Display Fusion's taskbar.
    Not really, you'd have to disable a bunch of stuff and delete the SearchUI.exe, but you could still use the rundll32 version.
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  5. Posts : 5,151
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483
       11 Jul 2015 #5

    Youtube video that show show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q990oW7JgvA
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  6.    11 Jul 2015 #6

    I've tried all of the above but still the Cortana process runs. Do all of the above to "turn off" and hide Cortana, then run Task Manager...you will see Cortana running. Rt-click on Cortana and then End Task. Cortana will close and REOPEN within a second. No way to stop the process.

    Regards,
    GEWB
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  7. Posts : 31,251
    Dual boot Windows 10 Pro x 64 CU build 15063 & Insider Build 16273
       11 Jul 2015 #7

    GEWB said: View Post
    I've tried all of the above but still the Cortana process runs. Do all of the above to "turn off" and hide Cortana, then run Task Manager...you will see Cortana running. Rt-click on Cortana and then End Task. Cortana will close and REOPEN within a second. No way to stop the process.

    Regards,
    GEWB
    Hi there. It's an Insider exclusive test build. I hardly doubt you'll be able to turn it off, for MS wants it and all the features tested if that was your choice upon installation to accept Cortana.

    Is it that much of a drain on your resources?
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  8. Posts : 9,015
    Windows 10 Professional
       11 Jul 2015 #8

    First open Cortana Settings and turn Cortana off.

    Go to: "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe" and take ownership of SearchUI.exe
    (Full Control Ownership) (leave this folder open as in my screenshot!)

    Then open Task Manager/Details, right click on SearchUI.exe and End the Process (1), then quickly right click SearchUI.exe and Delete (2), you have about 2 seconds to do so!

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    Then you can use Rundll32 version:

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  9. Posts : 9,015
    Windows 10 Professional
       11 Jul 2015 #9

    HippsieGypsie has a point, please try the aforementioned 'hack' on an experimental basis.
    And, don't empty your Recycle Bin just in case you want to Restore the .exe
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  10.    12 Jul 2015 #10

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Hi there. It's an Insider exclusive test build. I hardly doubt you'll be able to turn it off, for MS wants it and all the features tested if that was your choice upon installation to accept Cortana.

    Is it that much of a drain on your resources?
    Not a drain on system resources - that isn't the issue. As to testing Cortana features, my test is how to get rid of it.

    Regards,
    GEWB
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