How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??

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  1. Posts : 151
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to Disable Cortana after its been disabled ??


    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.
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  2. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
       #2

    DTG1 said:
    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.
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  3. You
    Posts : 613
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
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    Unfortunately, this disables the Search function, too.
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  4. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
       #4

    You said:
    Unfortunately, this disables the Search function, too.
    Yes it does mate that's the only downside, I can live without the search function.
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  5. Posts : 151
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    You said:
    Unfortunately, this disables the Search function, too.
    The advantage is for desktop users, if MS doesnt want close a program we want closed, we find another way. IMHO Cortana is a privacy issue that is sending your info back to MS.

    Oh, and F-bing.
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  6. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
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    DTG1 said:
    The advantage is for desktop users, if MS doesnt want close a program we want closed, we find another way. IMHO Cortana is a privacy issue that is sending your info back to MS.

    Oh, and F-bing.
    Yep I don't want Cortana or need Cortana so I'm thinking about deleting the whole folder, it will give me 64mb's of extra space.
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  7. Posts : 151
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Bazz said:
    Yep I don't want Cortana or need Cortana so I'm thinking about deleting the whole folder, it will give me 64mb's of extra space.
    I wonder if MS will force you install it again.
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  8. Posts : 24
    Windows 10
       #8

    Add AllowCortana with the value of 0 in Windows Search under Policies/Microsoft/Windows in regedit . I no longer have that 25-30MB Cortana process
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  9. Posts : 151
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    teknobug said:
    add allowcortana with the value of 0 in windows search under policies/microsoft/windows in regedit . I no longer have that 25-30mb cortana process
    hklm? Hkcu? I dont see a Windows Search there.

    in [ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search ] there is a key for "CortanaMUID". I dont know what this value is, yet.
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  10. Posts : 5,183
    Windows 11 Home
       #10

    rem 0 - Disable Cortana in Taskbar search
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "CortanaEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    REM 0 - Disable Cortana, Bing Search and Searchbar
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortana" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
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