How To Disable & Turn Off Cortana

  1. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional

    How To Disable & Turn Off Cortana

    Hello, so I use an alternate interface for my Start Button and don't have Search on my TaskBar; I use the app called Classic Shell. Its search option doesn't use Cortana and I like it more because of how simple and quick it is.

    So I attempted to disable Cortana this method:
    Disable Cortana
    a) Search for, and open: gpedit.msc
    b) Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
    c) Disable Allow Cortana

    That method does the same thing that applies at many links that I've seen on the web, like this site:

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    I looked in the Registry to do this, and that's already there.

    Yet the only strange thing is that when I open Task Manager, I still see this (refer to the picture). How do I disable that? Thanks

    How To Disable & Turn Off Cortana-cortana-still-open.png
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Feb 2018 at 10:13. Reason: updated link
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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64

    The process will be always running, it is in a suspended state though.
    The only way, to prevent it from running, is to rename it or to remove it.
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  3. pepanee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,460
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter

    Got it, thanks. I followed this tutorial on how to remove it:

    Can I completely disable Cortana on Windows 10? - Super User
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