Windows 10: Disabling Cortana, for real. Solved

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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #11

    LetsWindows10 said: View Post
    So this appears to destabilize the OS in minor ways, but most likely in additionally messed up ways that won't be noticeable until you go to use a different feature down the line. Fun experiment anyway so...

    Get Revo Uninstaller Pro trial
    Navigate to C:\windows\systemapps and look for the Cortana folder
    Right click the Cortana folder and choose Uninstall with Revo Uninstaller.
    When it finds leftover registry entries, select all and delete. Then reboot.
    You may need to run that twice, but it washes it out of task manager and completely kills search/typing into the start menu.
    Then you hide the Search bar and Win10 starts looking like a different beast.

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    Does any Windows Search or Indexing work with this method? Like in Explorer, etc. Thanks.
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       30 Jul 2015 #12

    Go into services and disable windows search. I do not use it or Cortana. I do not have a mic so it would not help me.
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       30 Jul 2015 #13

    Wise put out a search program that is great called Wise JetSearch
    just do a Google search for it.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #14

    nosecureboot said: View Post
    Does any Windows Search or Indexing work with this method? Like in Explorer, etc. Thanks.
    I wouldn't recommend this, so much functionality is now lost. What does work is the search at the top right of Explorer windows - intermittently.
    No more Windows Key + F
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #15

    Where's Master Chief when you need him?

    Jokes...I want to follow this thread to see if there's solution to disable Cortana too, I don't use my mic all the time and speech commands on a desktop/laptop PC seems a bit silly to me.
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  6.    30 Jul 2015 #16

    Dear Sakuro,

    I try that more then ounce and it may end on an unstable desktop environment. It will fully disable the left portion of the desktop if you delete Cortana (only right click will work on start menu). The search bar won't be enable no more. Is it what your looking for? There is no need to install anything to do so.
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #17
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Jul 2015 at 00:51. Reason: merged
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  8.    31 Jul 2015 #18

    @MikeMecanic: I liked the old search function, as in Windows 8, where it was just a search function. If that's what remains when Cortana is turned off, I'm good with that. If I have two search features now because of Cortana, I'd rather get rid of Cortana and just use the basic version.

    Edwin, Gary, and LetsWindows 10 have provided some options. Thanks guys. Some people more comfortable with that kind of tinkering may find it useful. I'd rather not do anything that might destabilize my OS, or download anything though. It doesn't seem like there is a "legitimate" way provided by Microsoft to do this. Would you guys like to keep this open for discussion, or should I mark the thread as solved?
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  9.    31 Jul 2015 #19

    I delete it many times but now I can work without it. It's the best place to search the entire computer architecture. I disable web search (Search online is OFF) and I delete Bing to make sure it wouldn't fool around. Plus a few components related to life at a glance.
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  10.    31 Jul 2015 #20

    I've come up with a temporary solution. By no means am I an experienced tech, so take my instructions with a grain of salt. Ctrl+shift+esc to task manager, right-click the "Cortana" process, "Go to Details", and from there, right-click searchUI.exe and end the process tree. It takes out Cortana permanently. I am unsure about the effects of this in the long run. Also, after disabling the process, you are able to rename the folder and even move it around.
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