Cortana Go Away!

With tomorrow's Anniversary Update for Windows 10, Cortana becomes the Windows-Internal search engine with Online access, regardless if the user wants it or not.

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Getting rid of Cortana

According to this article you can still disable Cortana by editing some values in the registry:

To disable Cortana for the machine: Set the DWORD value "AllowCortana" in the path "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" to "0".

In case you want to disable Cortana just for the current user, use HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

I've not yet tried it, since I'm still waiting for the Update. In case you don't want to mess up with the registry, you can download the Regkey-Files on the article page.

In a nutshell

In the Registry-Path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

Set the DWORD Value "AllowCortana" to 0 do disable it for the whole machine. Use HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE if you want to disable it for your user only.

 

Keywords: Windows 10, Disable Cortana, Anniversary Update

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