Sunday, 19 March 2017

How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10.[Photos]

How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10.
How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10.
As the case may be, many people now find Cortana which is the windows mistress to be helpful in searching for stuff on the web, showing notifications and setting calendar reminders, to mention but a few of Cortana special abilities. However security-conscious users of the windows operating system might be wary of what the Artificial Intelligence assistant Cortana is learning about them, your schedule, and if possible your location and in turn sharing those little little piece of data with Microsoft and its other services. Inrespect to the Windows 10 recent Anniversary Update, you could now quickly and easily disable Cortana by toggling a single switch, but since then, Microsoft has made it nearly impossible to do, that is why i have come up with this post on How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10 to help you disable Cortana on your windows 10 if you wish.




Below, i will specifically go through some steps which will show you a quick fix that puts down Cortana in both Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. If you turned off Cortana prior to installing the Anniversary Update, you will need to follow these few steps to disable your Cortana again. 

Note:- That this fix on How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10 requires editing the REGISTRY which is indeed a special memory location within your computer, so be sure to backup your computer first and proceed with great caution when attempting this fix on How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10.


Below are steps on How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10:

1. you will need to Open regedit the REGISTRY editor, from the search box on the taskbar.

Open regedit the REGISTRY editor
Open regedit the REGISTRY editor


In case you are  If asked, allow the program to make changes to your computer.



2. Now Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PoliciesMICROSOFT\Windows\Windows Search

But wait! in a moment WINDOWS SEARCH might not be there. It wasn't for us, so we had to create it.

2a. Then Right-click the Windows folder and then choose New>Key. Call it "Windows Search."

Right-click the Windows folder and then choose New>Key
Right-click the Windows folder and then choose New>Key




3. Then Right click WINDOWS SEARCH" and then choose New > DWORD (32-bit Value).

Right click WINDOWS SEARCH" and then choose New > DWORD (32-bit Value).
Right click WINDOWS SEARCH" and then choose New > DWORD (32-bit Value).


4. Now Name the DWORD "AllowCortana." Click it and make sure the value is "0."


Name the DWORD "AllowCortana." Click it and make sure the value is "0."
Name the DWORD "AllowCortana." Click it and make sure the value is "0."

5. Now you have to Restart the computer (or log out and log back in). Cortana will now be replaced with a regular search bar as shown below.


Cortana will now be replaced with a regular search bar as shown
Cortana will now be replaced with a regular search bar as shown

So now while Cortana is gone, it is still hiding any way. You may find the program (Cortana) running in the background, but you might as well leave it there if you wish. When i tried killing the program, Cortana kept popping back up like a weed in the garden i guess you know what i mean. But when extra effort was put to managed kill the Cortana process, I couldn't search for anything on the PC, so beware.




It may be very possible that the next Windows update will restore Cortana to its place in WINDOWS 10, so be sure to keep these instructions on How To Quickly Disable Cortana In Windows 10 handy, just in case things return to its normal postion.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting read. I had know idea about Cortana sharing info, but it makes sense. I think I'm gonna have to look into disabling it. Thanks for the info!

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