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.


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

Cortana becomes a Must-Have

Good news for Windows 10 users:

You won't be able to turn off Cortana once the next obligatory update comes out.

Yes, Microsoft has decided for you, that Cortana is so awesome, that you should never ever just think on turning that stupid thing off.

I really hope that Steam OS takes over the games market, so I can finally get rid of Windows for good. That's anyway the last use case where I'm still stuck on Windows sometimes.
Oh by the way: Just as a random conspiracy theory because it fits so well here: Microsoft wants to make Steam buggy and broken, so Users switch to the (also buggy and even more broken) Windows Store.

I'm really looking forward to the release of ReactOS.

Stay in touch. Once it is official and I find a way to get rid of this feature I'll tell you how you can also do this [and here it is].

And as a short reminder: W4RH4WK wrote a set of Windows 10 Debloater PowerShell scripts.