1.    24 Dec 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 38

    Microsoft Hell-Bent on resurrecting Cortana on me, even though I've..?

    About three times now I have forced deleted Cortana.
    It seems like with updates, sometimes Cortana is resurrected from the dead and brought back to life like a zombie from a horror movie. Its like dead for a few weeks, then, boom, back to life and there again in my tasks list, stalking me... : (
    Is Microsoft that intent on spying on us?

    I don't suppose there is a permanent way of getting rid of Cortana by disabling it being updated or something?

    Got to keep doing these drastic steps:
    This is How to permanently Disable Cortana
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  2.    24 Dec 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Granite Bay, CA
    Posts : 712
    Windows 10 Professional

    I haven't checked your link, but this is what I did on my computer:

    Disable Cortana
    a) Search for, and open: gpedit.msc
    b) Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
    c) Disable Allow Cortana
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  3.    25 Dec 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,438
    Windows 10 IoT

    Just a heads up, the group policy editor is only available in Pro. There is no gpedit.msc in the Home Edition.

    I run the Education version, no Cortana by default. Only the original search function.
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  4.    25 Dec 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Nashville, TN
    Posts : 3,143
    Windows 10 Pro

    Are you using a preview version? If so, then every time a new build is released, windows essentially resets many functions back to baseline. After all, your job of*being an insider is to test these functions,*so it's understandable they would re-enable them.
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  5.    25 Dec 2016 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts : 243
    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.19

    This happens during Cumulative Updates on RTM versions (Except for the last one). I've seen it replace Brinks registry patches to alter the drive listing of file explorer, I've seen it replace Cortana etc. It depends on what MS is updating.
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  6.    25 Dec 2016 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 3,922
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    I don't take the time to mess with Cortana, just right-click the item on the Taskbar and change it to the icon only, takes up a lot less room on the Taskbar. I can still click that icon to do a Search.
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