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  1.    11 Jul 2015 #1
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    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.    11 Jul 2015 #2
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64

    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicieuxz 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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  4.    11 Jul 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaconCatBug 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.    11 Jul 2015 #5
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    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.    11 Jul 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEWB 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.    11 Jul 2015 #8
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    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.    11 Jul 2015 #9
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    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

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie 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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