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  1. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0 Build 10586)
       13 Jan 2016 #21

    No unfortunately I don't. I just reformatted my computer. Wiped everything.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,727
    Windows Home x64
       08 Feb 2016 #22

    Lonely nerd said: View Post
    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. Joined : Apr 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       15 Apr 2016 #23

    Bazz said: View Post
    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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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,454
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       15 Apr 2016 #24

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

    Here you go.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10


    Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home
       21 Jun 2016 #25

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,454
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       21 Jun 2016 #26

    Hello learhrpaws,

    You'll need to take ownership of the file first.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  7. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Home
       22 Sep 2016 #27

    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. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       28 Oct 2016 #28

    Disabled Cortana and Search solution

    melsner said: View Post
    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. Joined : Jan 2017
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Hours Ago #29

    scrosler said: View Post
    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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