However, the app will have limited functionality, because of the nature of the app unable to access part of the different operating systems. I don't suggest modifying system files just to remove a feature. Still, this is a breach of privacy cannot be excused at all. Most versions of Windows Education already have Cortana permanently disabled. If you know you're never going to use it, don't set it up.
Sure, there are some useful features too, but when you compare Cortana with something like the Google Assistant, or Siri, it just feels very incomplete. The first one is going to be focusing on disabling Cortana through the registry editor. Step 3: Entering the command will take you to the registry editor. In the same way, you can turn off data collection for location by going to the Privacy settings page and disabling Location globally. In addition, Cortana's Notebook is unavailable, only a few settings are available when you click the gear icon, and there's no option to search the web from the search box. From now on if you try to launch Cortana, nothing will happen.
The more drastic methods you use to rid yourself of Cortana, the more you will find Windows 10 functionality is limited. Currently, you have to go to different locations to turn off Cortana and other features that will trigger data collection. Afterward, double-click it and in the box that appears, ensure that the Value Data is set to '0'—minus the quotation marks. This indicates that Cortana has been disabled and that you now have access only to the basic Windows 10 search feature. Especially when it will save you some important resources.
Also as a background program, it consumes a lot of memory when it is running. The good thing is that people always find a way to disable Cortana one way or another. Step 4: Right-click on Cortana, and then choose Open file location Step 5: You will be taken to the SystemApps folder. However, it will do enough to disable it for as long as you want. If it is not, simply right-click the Windows folder, click on New, and then click on Key. Head to , sign into your Microsoft account, and clear whatever personal data you want Microsoft to forget.
Very nice, thanks a lot for very simple instructions in order to disable it. But what do you think? In Windows 10, Cortana is capable of composing emails, setting reminders, finding apps and performing web searches. Step 2: If your task manager is not expanded, click on More Details on the bottom left side. The more you use Cortana, the better its suggestions. Want news and tips from TekRevue delivered directly to your inbox? You should not worry, as there are other easier ways that I will be talking about later in the article. You can still change the way search appears on your task bar, however, electing to show the search box, the icon, or disable remove it altogether. Thankfully, you can enjoy all of the features of Cortana in a much smaller package.
You can , if you wish, but that also removes Windows Search though that might not be an issue if you use a third-party tool such as or Mythicsoft's , which provide increased search functionality. Step 5: Last but not the least, you need to make sure Cortana clears all the history it has. Microsoft provides a few methods for reducing how Cortana tracks you, and these might be your best options if you want a little more privacy. It contains a script that does all the work for you, as well as an explanation of how it works. The Search file got hidden after a Microsoft employee remotely accessed my computer and found out I disabled cortana. For more Windows 10 tips be sure to visit our dedicated help page Originally published January 2015, updated July 2015.
To serve you better, Cortana collects data about your typing and talking, as well. This is also where you can turn Cortana off if she starts to get on your nerves. Once you sign in, you can delete the information Cortana has already collected about you. Disclaimer: Please see for an improved method. Many new Windows 10 users are unlikely to know the full extent of what Cortana can do, so it may take time for it to be a household name. For those unfamiliar, Cortana is a.
Toggle any of these options on or off as you please. It still manages to disable Cortana, and ensures the user that their personal information is not being taken. Previously collected data from Cortana's Notebook will not be deleted. Since it should not be running, it should be easier to change the name back. Give administrative approval when requested. So, if you have multiple Windows 10 devices and you did disable the assistant and other data gathering after clearing the data chances are some of your personal information will upload back-up to your account.
However, at launch the digital assistant will be limited to certain regions, including United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Yes, I have a very large list of things that never touch my computer and a very small list of things that are allowed. If you consider this to be an invasion of your privacy, then do not use Cortana. However, I know there are many people in this world who swear by their voice-activated assistants when they are on their smartphones or other mobile devices. Windows 10 now running on half billion devices For most tech companies, getting a flagship product onto half a billion devices would be a very big deal. It won't disappear because you disable Cortana. Right click on Cortana and select Open file location.