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Computer Corner => Windows 10 => Topic started by: Jherrith on April 07, 2017, 05:47:26 PM

Title: Disable Cortana
Post by: Jherrith on April 07, 2017, 05:47:26 PM
It is part of the system and you cannot uninstall it.

Well, talking to ye ole IT guy at work and ta-da you can disable it, like I need something running in the background to help me search the web .... seriously ... or recommend sites to me ... I don't think so


It turns out it is not to terribly difficult either and since no one else has discussed this here we go,

First you need to get to the command prompt,

Once in there then enter gpedit.msc

This opens the Local Group Policy Editor

Open the Windows Component tab

Open Search

You will find a setting called "Allow Cortana" its current state is "not configured" right click on it, and select edit, then in the dialog box that pops up select disable.

Save

Regrettably the damn thing is still in the Task Manager and it is still running since it is part of the system and cannot be uninstalled but at least now it can, I hope no longer be a nosy parker.

Really don't know conclusively on Stormbringer, if this did what I wanted it to, since I do not connect it to the web at all, it was made for art not surfing the web.

But it is disabled now so maybe someone else here might feel froggy and try it and can report back on their findings.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: thelufias on April 08, 2017, 03:26:13 PM
It doesn't do anything if you don't activate it "J".   It sits there.

But if you want to try....take a peek here:  PCWorld (http://www.pcworld.com/article/3109900/software/you-can-remove-cortana-from-windows-10-but-its-tricky.html)

Your Browser knows more about you then Cortana ever will.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Jherrith on April 08, 2017, 03:37:09 PM
Nevertheless what the link outlined is the same thing I posted so I am not the wet fish one might have thought.

:heeheehee:

Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: thelufias on April 08, 2017, 03:45:22 PM
Nope....but I live on the philosophy that all things are not bad until they are proven bad...and so far Cortana hasn't bothered me a bit.  I don't even know it's there.  Plus I've learned that taking one thing off a computer could lead to many things that are tied in not to work...so if it doesn't pester...it stays and festers....

Hey now...that rhymed.  Sometimes I amaze myself :java:
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Jherrith on April 08, 2017, 03:49:53 PM
You can't uninstall Cortana based on what your post stated and also what my IT person said, you can disable it though and that is all that I have done.

So therefore I have taken nothing off of my computer ...

However that being said I need no help or advice for web searches and that is the only point that I am making ...
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Aelin on April 08, 2017, 03:52:50 PM
I know with CCleaner we can turn off some things if we want. But more often I go in the tasks manager, to economize memory and disk of computer. Why use memory for the scanner when it's offline? :hypno: Or the camera? Just 2 examples.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Jherrith on April 08, 2017, 04:01:43 PM
When you try to turn Cortana off in the Task Manager it just turns itself back on


Have done so multiple times and it comes back on by itself, even when disabled it still can not be shut off via task manager ... all I was trying to achieve was to not allow it to make suggestions based on my previous actions on the web.

Which I have achieved.

Granted Stormbringer is not on the net for any reason unless I have to update software that I use.

The real point is that I will be getting another computer that will have W10 on it and it will be the new internet machine.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: thelufias on April 08, 2017, 04:02:11 PM
I get what you mean "J"....but all I was saying was....if it doesn't bite....don't bother it :tearlaugh:

And Yes Aelin....I do the same for the computer that has no camera, nor microphone....Off they go....
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Aelin on April 08, 2017, 04:06:12 PM
And all these stories with W10 don't get me envy to abandon W8, for sure  :blownaway: Always remember me a game "your computer is delivered with the garanty it will not take the controle before XXXX" - or a sentence in this taste.

Microphone is already offline, which is a plus to go fast in daily tasks.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Jherrith on April 08, 2017, 04:16:21 PM
I get what you mean "J"....but all I was saying was....if it doesn't bite....don't bother it :tearlaugh:

And Yes Aelin....I do the same for the computer that has no camera, nor microphone....Off they go....


Sorry it just seems like "big brother" is even closer when that damn thing is about ... and yes I know "big brother" is real and already permeates society on so many level that we are not aware of, that this is small fry ... but still any chance I get to stymie them ... I shall
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: Madbat on April 08, 2017, 04:24:37 PM
Nothing about Windoze 10 makes me ever want to install it. Now it seems everywhere you go you're being tailed by a government agent and a marketer. Both are taking notes on your behavior.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: thelufias on April 08, 2017, 04:25:54 PM
I get ya and I concur....
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: heddheld on October 10, 2017, 03:52:40 PM

yeah saw the warning but I wandered in by accident on my way somewhere else


I sorta liked the idea of.........talking not typing
wasted hours trying to make it understand my accent .........somewhere in there I thought
teef in  / teef out I talk dif
ok make 2 profiles ........still never worked  :(ROFLMAO:


one day it will .........maybe one day I just jack in like on matrix  :skellie:
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: parkdalegardener on October 11, 2017, 07:28:39 AM
I'm not sure here. I am on the Creator's Update and not everyone has received it yet via auto update. I pushed it through a month or two ago. That being said.
Cortana is completely configurable in my Win10.

Press the Start button or whatever they call the little windoze button in the corner.

Click Cortana.

Click Settings.

Tell Cortana what it can or cannot do. There are a lot of settings. Pay attention to what you change but remember if you screw up you can change back.

Cortana does not index this machine. It does not listen to me. It does not make suggestions. It does not remember what I do. I ignores me completely unless I specifically do a search through the Cortana search box itself. I do not talk to myself or my computer so it isn't required to figure out my Bayman accent.

No hacks or registry edits needed.

Major updates to Win10 may change or reset preferences so it helps to check your privacy policies every now and then. The first big update explained the privacy policies and that was it. You were never reminded again. Your Win 10 machine may not be as private as it was when you first set it up due to this.
Title: Re: Disable Cortana
Post by: thelufias on October 11, 2017, 10:35:44 AM
I also got the updates to their new format....and yes....Cortana is now configurable.   I still don't use it.  I'm from the East Coast and have a Midwest/East Coast accent and it confuses Cortana.  I can type faster than trying to make Cortana understand what I'm trying to say LOL.  Same with Alexa.  I'm waiting for that one to come back and say

"WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST SAY?"

Got two updates today on the secondary computer and the laptop...but not for the main computer as of yet....  Which is odd...but I'm sure it will come.  Doesn't take long.  About an hour or so LOLOLOL