How I disable Windows Cortana?

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  1. Posts : 56,851
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider

    camelia said:
    I do not want them...

    Do I have any other chance to avoid them?


    Under the current Windows w/Edge, even the new ChromiumEdge, I do not know if there is a way to totally avoid a few cookies from Edge. You may even see a few labeled Internet Explorer. It's woven deep into the OS. Maybe someone else knows. Sorry.
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    22H2 64 Bit Pro

    ThrashZone said:
    lol kill searchui.exe yep that's exactly what it does
    No search at all not just cortana lol
    No problem for me though.

    How I disable Windows Cortana?-search-1.jpg

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    Callender said:
    No problem for me though.

    How I disable Windows Cortana?-search-1.jpg

    How I disable Windows Cortana?-search-2.jpg
    Okay now the writing is on the wall and completely filled in

    Just hope it works on 32 bit
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  4. Posts : 6,934
    22H2 64 Bit Pro

    ThrashZone said:
    Just hope it works on 32 bit
    If you're downloading stuff posted in those images the second one is:

    SwiftSearch download |

    An alternative that worked for me on 32bit:

    NTFS-Search download |

    Both need admin rights (run as admin or from elevated shortcut)
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    Win-10 x86, Win-11 22H2, Win-11 24H2, V2

    Since my very first install of Windows 10, I didn't want Cortana, so I regularly kill it on every install.
    Here's the little "How to Kill Cortana" that I keep on my Utils FD:
    (before trying this, you need to be able to Take Ownership of the file in question, so just install "Grant Admin Full Control" as your first step)


    As it comes out of the box, Windows 10 is probably the most insecure OS, since DOS.
    One HUGE problem is "Cortana". On most desktop computers, it's worthless anyway.
    When ON, it's constantly collecting information about you and what you do on your PC.
    It also loads a file into RAM memory that can vary from 20 MB to as much as 888MB. Yikes!
    (I saw this on my own PC, that I use for Windows 10 testing)
    One fix for Cortana, that was posted on the internet, was to delete the folder in Windows where Cortana and its associated files live.
    That not only kills Cortana, but also the Windows Start Menu, and 'Search'. Not good!
    There is a good tutorial on the net, about how to turn OFF Cortana, and you can read it here:

    I had turned off Cortana, as per the preferred method, but I still found the "Cortana.Core.dll" file loading into my RAM memory. I found that in "Task Manager". What the heck?!!!
    So I found that .dll file in "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_CW5n1h2txyewy\Cortana.Core.dll"
    To disable it from loading into RAM Memory on every boot, I just changed the name of the file to "Cortana.Core.ddd".
    It can't load into ram, but if ever you want to re-enable Cortana, just rename the file back to "Cortana.Core.dll", reboot, and IT's BACK. Then you can turn Cortana ON, by doing the reverse of the process in the above link.
    You will probably have to stop the .dll from running (you can do that in Task Manager) and even "Take Ownership" of the file to rename it.
    But once the .dll file is renamed it won't be loading and wasting your RAM Memory.

    That works great for me and has become an integral part of every Windows 10 install.
    Good Luck,
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    Don't believe windows defender is any different than cortana with all it's file sample uploads what a nice way to collect data in the name of better security
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