Windows 10: This is How to permanently Disable Cortana Solved

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  1.    02 Mar 2017 #31

    Hi.

    I did this and killed cortana and skype off my Win10.
    Now i get random "bad pool caller" BSODs.
    I couldnt analyze the dumps yet, because the system doesnt run long enough.
    Do you have any idea what i can do to get it running long enough to get my data off it, so that i can install loonix? Im so fed up with this Win10 BS, id like to kill somebody.
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  2.    27 Apr 2017 #32

    What is the best option to stop Cortana using up so much memory?
    I've tried a Registry tweak, but Cortana continues to run.

    I am working on an old notebook computer that doesn't have a lot of memory, and the memory is not upgradeable and Cortana is using a big chunk of that memory.
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  3. Posts : 2,547
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16257.1
       28 Apr 2017 #33

    Rename (remove) Cortana's folder, so SearchUI.exe would not run. Run CMD as admin and copy/paste:
    Code:
    takeown /f "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" /a /r /d y
    icacls "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" /inheritance:r /grant:r Administrators:(OI)(CI)F /t /c
    taskkill /im SearchUI.exe /f
    ren "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.backup"
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  4. Posts : 22,913
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
       28 Apr 2017 #34

    Stigg said: View Post
    What is the best option to stop Cortana using up so much memory?
    I've tried a Registry tweak, but Cortana continues to run.

    I am working on an old notebook computer that doesn't have a lot of memory, and the memory is not upgradeable and Cortana is using a big chunk of that memory.
    Hello @Stigg,

    If you mean that you disabled Cortana using the method in the tutorial below, then the Cortana process you still see running is for Windows search (SearchUI.exe). It would have been better if Microsoft left the process named "SearchUI.exe" instead of Cortana to avoid confusion,. but this isn't the same as Cortana the personal assistant.

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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  5.    28 Apr 2017 #35

    OK. I better leave it then.

    Thanks guys.
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  6. Posts : 22,913
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
       28 Apr 2017 #36

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  7. Posts : 172
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       15 Jun 2017 #37

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Rename (remove) Cortana's folder, so SearchUI.exe would not run. Run CMD as admin and copy/paste:
    Code:
    takeown /f "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" /a /r /d y
    icacls "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" /inheritance:r /grant:r Administrators:(OI)(CI)F /t /c
    taskkill /im SearchUI.exe /f
    ren "%WinDir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy" "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.backup"
    Having done this last year with no ill-effects, I tried this again on an updated computer [Ver 1703] and renaming the folder has the effect of freezing the Start menu so I had to undo it. Any advice?

    Denis
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  8. Posts : 2,547
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16257.1
       15 Jun 2017 #38

    Terminating "ShellExperienceHost.exe" will restart it and restore its functionality.
    Code:
    taskkill /f /im ShellExperienceHost.exe
    To automate the process, you can create a task, which will run after logon with one minute delay.
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