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    Getting rid of Cortana

    G'day all, I am running Win 10 and I have turned off everything (I think) that has to do with Cortana. I have found where the .exe file is located but I do not have "Full Permission" to delete the folder and its files. Please show me in step type format how to get rid of this RAM hungry beast that keeps running in the background, even though I have turned is off in Services also.
    Bruno Terlingen

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    After I disabled Cortana, it only uses 32 mbyes of Ram. Not enough to be concerned about.

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    Thank you Jerry, I bow to your wisdom and will leave it well enough alone. It annoys me somewhat that I paid for the Hardware, I paid for the Software, but I am dictated to as to what I can and cannot delete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Terlingen View Post
    Thank you Jerry, I bow to your wisdom and will leave it well enough alone. It annoys me somewhat that I paid for the Hardware, I paid for the Software, but I am dictated to as to what I can and cannot delete.
    Bruno Terlingen
    You payed for the hardware, but you payed for a license to use the software. Cortana is search in Windows 10, and is very useful. I wouldn't delete it. I find Cortana very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djohnson
    Cortana is search in Windows 10, and is very useful.
    Search still works after you disable Cortana (albeit differently) so I guess 'Search Assistant' may be a better description for it. Whether Cortana is useful is subjective. Why else would people, myself included, disable it?

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    Cortana seems to be there to stay. For those of us who put search assistants like Cortana and Siri into the same pile as Clippy, this is quite annoying. If I don't want something like this, there should be one single button to push which would banish it to the 8th Circle of Hell. There isn't, of course.

    You can pretty much disable it, altho there several things you may have to switch off. But you don't seem to be able to stop the service from running on startup. It may be possible to do that, but I'm reluctant to go messing with that just now because I'm not sure what may be tied into it. For now, it may have to remain a very minor background operation.
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    Here are a few articles, including one on how to disable Cortana;

    Disables all telemetric monitoring: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...85#post1035285

    How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10

    Disable built in W10 apps: http://www.howtogeek.com/224798/how-...einstall-them/

    This is largely for those of you who are on a limited wifi bandwidth connection or have an allowance that they do not want to exceed.
    If you are on a fast restriction free internet connection it is probably not needed. You decide.
    Not everyone finds Cortana that useful, some may even have privacy concerns
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    Yes, we are on a limited download limit and each morning I watch the download meter tick over while my hands are nowhere near the PC.
    Yes, I am certainly concerned with re our privacy: ever since I upgrade I have found countless buttons to disable data going back to the Bill-of-Gates, of course there is still personal data harvested and posted back to Bill.
    Yes, I know I paid for a licence but the intrusion is way over the top. I found both Edge and IE to be so invested with MS crap that I installed Chrome and had a "clean" slate to play with.
    I thank you guys for all your comments and it seems that I am not the only one that is annoyed with Cortana, and yes I remember Clippy very well - one would have thought that Bill-of-Gates would have learned along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Terlingen View Post
    ...and yes I remember Clippy very well - one would have thought that Bill-of-Gates would have learned along the way.
    Problem is, people LOVE their digital assistants. SIRI was hyped to the nth degree and now every appliance wants to have a conversation with you. (And in Japan I'm assuming that includes their toilets - which make the space shuttle console look simple in comparison.)

    We already have a generation that can't spell words longer than 4 letters and soon they won't be able to do that either - they can talk to everything instead.
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    one would have thought that Bill-of-Gates would have learned along the way.
    He's not in charge of much of anything these days, and MS is just trying to emulate the success of Apple et al. by providing similar
    services. MS does offer settings choices and you can bet that third party app makers are too, so take advantage and don't worry about it.
    Where there's a will, there's a way. (nothing really new going on here)
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    It is a shame that it has come to this: I think that because there is no revenue stream for email "manufacturers", they pay little attention to making a simple but efficient email program. I am sure that OE would have lasted several decades longer.
    Does MS not hold 60% of Apple shares? Who is up who?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Terlingen View Post
    Does MS not hold 60% of Apple shares? Who is up who?
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    Microsoft hasn't had any investment in Apple for years now:
    http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/20/w...ment-in-apple/

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