This is How to permanently Disable Cortana

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0 Build 10586)

    No unfortunately I don't. I just reformatted my computer. Wiped everything.
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  2. Posts : 5,174
    Windows 11 Home

    Lonely nerd said:
    I already took ownership and deleted the folder. Now I realize that it removed the search function. How can I restore the search function/get the files back?
    For the future reference, SFC scan restores files back.

    SFC Command - Run in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Bazz said:
    This is how to permanently disable Cortana, first start into safe mode and navigate to C:/Windows/SystemApps/Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy you will need to Take Ownership of the Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy folder and then delete the file SearchUI.exe. If anyone knows how to remover it from the start menu it would be much appreciated.

    How do I take ownership of the file
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    killerfurze said:
    How do I take ownership of the file
    Hello killerfurze, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Here you go.

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  5. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home

    I followed these instructions on my PC and it worked fine. Trying to do it on my tablet, and when I try to rename the file. a message comes up saying I will need administrator's permission, so I click OK, and it keeps saying "try again". I have an Administrator's account, which worked fine on my PC, but for some reason the administrator's account on my tablet isn't good enough. Any ideas? Both computers use Windows 10 Pro, and I am getting Insider Previews on both.
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  6. Posts : 61,501
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello learhrpaws, :)

    You'll need to take ownership of the file first.
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  7. Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Home

    For those who want to reinstall Cortana, and (foolishly) did not backup their OS, or create a Restore point:
    Microsoft has a downloadable version of Cortana. After installing it, update Windows to get the latest version.
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  8. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 64bit

    Disabled Cortana and Search solution

    melsner said:
    I found this thread AFTER I managed to figure out how to take ownership, end, and delete the cortana folder. Anyone have the files they can post/send so I can get Cortana back? I really just want to be able to search. Had I known the search feature would be removed too, I wouldn't have deleted it

    I disabled Cortana, and now use a shareware program called locate32 for searching. Way faster than windows search.
    Locate32 is only running when you use it, not all the time like Cortana and the Microsoft search indexer and filter apps.
    I will never return to Cortana with search indexer & filter. I now have lower memory use & a faster system without them

    Kind Regards

    PS if you use shareware and it works you should consider registering and or paying for it
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro

    scrosler said:
    Ouch, if you do delete this file (or rename it) you will not be able to search from the Start Menu. For me that is a major must have so I restored the file from another PC.
    I signed up to reply to this..even though it's old. Start10 from Stardock was and remains to this day the best $5 replacement for the horrendous menu that is the Windows 10 start menu. You don't need Cortana. :)
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  10. Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Removing Cortana this way - by simply deleting her file - isn't a good idea. Windows still thinks she's there, and i believe it's throwing errors behind the scenes as it tries continually to reopen her exe. In addition, it still leaves her entry in the Windows 10 start menu, but it replaces the word "Cortana" with some code from her registry entry, It also does the same in the app history tab of task manager. In Windows's eyes, she is damaged or corrupted, but still installed - which is why an SFC brings her back.

    Thankfully, there actually *IS* a way to remove her cleanly and completely.

    1. If you have already "removed" Cortana by deleting files, run SFC to bring her back.
    2. Make sure her app and shows up and is named cortana. Try rebooting the PC if SFC didn't work instantly.
    3. Go into Group policy (or the registry, for the home edition) and disable Cortana. I'd suggest disabling windows search and the searching services as well, since they won't work anyway.
    4. Download and unzip the attached file "Uninstall Cortana". Run "Uninstall Cortana.cmd" AS AN ADMINISTRATOR.
    5. After the command is done running, REBOOT THE COMPUTER. Because Cortana's file is running in the background, it takes a reboot to completely remove her.

    Cortana should have vanished completely, without a trace. Even SFC will not bring her back again.

    The other attachments do the same for the other so called "uninstallable" windows 10 apps. The ONLY app in Windows 10 that truly cannot be removed is the settings app.
    This is How to permanently Disable Cortana Attached Files
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