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    Bought a new Dell Inspiron 5555 with W10

    How do I turn Cortana off. Don't want it.

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    1. Copy/paste the following into Notepad and save it as Disable Cortana.reg.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ; Cortana - Disable Cortana but keep search
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
    2. In the Cortana search box, type regedit.

    3. When regedit appears in the search results (with Run command under it), right-click on regedit and choose Run as administrator.

    4. When the User Account Control dialog appears, click on the Yes button.

    5. When the Registry Editor opens, click File > Import.

    6. Navigate to where you saved the Disable Cortana.reg file, select it and click on the Open button.

    7. After the file has been imported, close the Registry Editor and restart your PC. Cortana should now act only as a search tool.

    You can read more about this method here: Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    If you want to completely disable Cortana and don't mind losing its search functionality then have a read of This is How to permanently Disable Cortana, although this isn't something I've tried nor do I recommend it.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-11-30 at 20:51. Reason: Added more info

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