Windows 10: How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ?? Solved

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  1.    21 Nov 2015 #11

    DTG1 said: View Post
    So after turning off Cortana in settings, I see its still running in the Task Manager, right click to end task and it starts right back up. So how do you disable it completely?

    found this...

    After playing around with it a bit, and I think I found a method.

    Open Task Manager and have it show More details. Right click on Cortana and select Open file location.

    Now find the Cortana folder, right click it, and select Rename. I would recommend just adding ".bak" to the end of the folder name so you can find it easily if you want to restore it back to it's original status.

    If you attempt to rename, it will tell you that the folder is in use.

    This is when you want to go back to Task Manager, right click on Cortana, and select End task.

    Right after the task ends, switch back to the Folder In Use window and click Try Again. The folder should be renamed and the Cortana task will not start again.
    Hey all, I'm new here, and I followed this advice some time ago when I first got windows 10 and didn't like Cortana. however now I would like to have the search bar there anyway to reverse this process? I simply tried to walk it back, but it wouldn't let me. HELP!
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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       21 Nov 2015 #12

    Just run SFC scan, it will restore an upgraded Cortana, rather then the old folder.

    SFC Command - Run in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 1
    Win 10 Enterprise
       04 Dec 2015 #13

    Secondary Cortana folder

    I just wanted to bring attention to other duplicates of Cortana in the C:\Windows\WinSxS cache folder under the

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-c..sktop.appxmain.root_%uniquehashgoeshere% folders. A lot of the files are almost identical, should they also be deleted?

    Note that TrustedInstaller prevents even an admin from deleting or renaming any of the folders.
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  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Apr 2016 #14

    I've joined Ten Forums just so I could thank you for your thread on how to kill Cortana.

    After following your instructions carefully, I took the additional steps of take ownership, and shredding the folder with PGP.

    Thank you
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