1.    28 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 166
    windows 10 64-bit

    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
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,460
    Win 10 Pro (1709)

    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).

    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
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    New Mexico
    Posts : 1,355
    Windows 10 Pro,

    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.    28 Aug 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,919
    Windows 7 Home Premium


    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
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 166
    windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter

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