Windows 10: AU 1607: "Hinder" Cortana, sped-up computer? Solved

  1.    28 Aug 2016 #1

    AU 1607: "Hinder" Cortana, speed-up computer?


    I'm not a Cortana user on my desktop and would like to disable her, but as I have already updated to W10 1607, I understand that this can't happen on W10 Home. So I ask: If I follow these instructions (You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update | PCWorld), will this in any manner speed up my computer? I originally found out that if in order to stop the automatic web searching in File Explorer, I would first have to shut Cortana down; but as I can't fully do that, I'm looking for an alternative...if possible. BTW, I am an Everything user...along with File Explorer.
    Last edited by flycaster; 28 Aug 2016 at 13:06.
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  2.    28 Aug 2016 #2

    No, you shouldn't notice any difference in speed. Cortana uses some RAM, but no noticeable CPU time if sitting there being ignored. I hide the search bar on the task bar, I don't use Win 10's start menu, and I leave Windows indexing as default and use a tool sthg like Everything (v1.4b is better as it adds a useful GUI by the way).

    See:
    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    if you want to 'kill' Cortana rather than leaving her sulking in a corner...

    automatic web searching in File Explorer
    ?

    I'm looking for an alternative...
    ... to do what exactly?

    You may find the search box in Classic Shell start menu (free) of interest. It can optionally:
    - search files and folders
    - search the web
    - search the start menu
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    Oh, and it works as a fully functional start menu, is highly configurable, supports drag 'n drop, and expresses a Win 7 style folder/subfolder menu properly (which Win 10's dismally fails to do).
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  3.    28 Aug 2016 #3

    I have Cortana fully enabled and right now (I just opened up task manager) Cortana is using;

    0% of CPU and
    30 mb of RAM.

    This is so negligible that there is no effect on PC performance.
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  4. Posts : 8,312
    Windows 10 Professional
       28 Aug 2016 #4

    @flycaster:

    You've got an i5 and 12 Gigs of RAM, you shouldn't have to worry about Cortana hogging your resources.
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  5.    29 Aug 2016 #5

    Thanks, all. Going to leave well enough alone...
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