Why do people want to disable Cortana? the answer is very simple there is a security issue because Cortana can learn everything about you, it is based on Artificial Intelligence software which can learn and store knowledge.
Cortana is an Artificial intelligence assistance in Microsoft Windows 10 and can really help you a lot. Cortana for Microsoft Windows is like Siri in Apple iOS. You can ask Cortana for anything to help you out. For instance, if you want to search something on the web then simply ask Cortana and she will search for you to provide you the search result. You can ask Cortana to open the digital calculator of Windows and perform some multiplication, addition for you. Notes, Calendar, and Notifications, there are a lot of things that Cortana can do for you on your voice command.
Though it is very helpful for most of the people some people just do not like this AI assistant Cortana. Most of them do not like Cortana at all for some security(privacy) reasons as this AI is learning everything about you if you enable it such as your file sharing, schedules, location and so on. So, that is why people want to disable Cortana in Windows 10 computers and mobile phones. I would like to tell you that there is no direct or straightforward method to disable Cortana from your windows and if you think that turning off the Cortana from the start menu will help you then let me tell you that it will not permanently disable Cortana from your system.
How to permanently disable Cortana from your Windows 10 based operating system?
Steps To Disable Cortana in Windows 10
By the end of this article, you will be able to disable Cortana completely. The steps are easy to follow and I am sure it will help you out to gain your knowledge and also to get rid of Cortana.
First Type Gpedit in the search menu of your Windows 10 system. After this it will provide you the application known as Edit Group Policy, simply click on it to open the program check the screenshot below.
It will then navigate/redirect you to the Local Group Editor window where you need to make the changes required to disable Cortana permanently check the screenshot again.
On the right sidebar, you will find many files with their comment and state as shown in the screenshot below. From those files, you need to search for Allow Cortana and right-click on it then select Edit option there as in the screenshot below.
Now, this will surely disable Cortana from your system but it is not the end of the process as you can still find Cortana in the background processes of your system. So, run the cmd.exe and make sure that you run it as admin to remove the Cortana from background process follow the step below.
After that type Gpupdate /force and Press Enter key of your keyboard. It will update the computer policy which is required to permanently disable Cortana in Windows 10 system. It is still not the end of the process there is one more thing required to do and that is disabling Cortana from the background processes so read further. As these steps will only disable Cortana but it will still run in the background and will eat up the memory and CPU cycle which makes your system slow and eats up your ram. So, follow the below steps in order to complete the process this one is last and it is over.
In last it is now required to disable Cortana from the taskbar of your window. Now hit ctrl+alt+del together in order to open Taskbar and Find Cortana and right click on it and then select Open file location check the screenshot below.
It will take you to the new folder where Cortana’s AI system folder is available. You need to rename that folder and also make sure that you make the file extension as .bak it is compulsary process. However, when you will try to rename the folder then it will display the message that the folder is in use and you can’t rename it so try again so please follow the step properly and keep trying or read further to check alternative if it did not work for you.
So, to resolve this issue, go back to the Taskbar of your system, right-click on Cortana and click End Task then again go to the file location to rename that folder again. You will have to be very quick otherwise you will not be able to rename that folder.You can press F2 after selecting the folder to rename the folder faster F2 is the shortcut key to rename and press f2 after clicking on the folder. Try to rename the folder and leave the popup message as it is then finally End Task of Cortana as show in below snapshot and quickly click Try again button in the file location window below is t he screenshot.
Friends, this was the complete procedure to disable Cortana permanently in Windows 10. And this method is 100% working because I have tried it myself as now there is no Cortana on my Windows 10 system and I am completely secure.
Simply follow these steps now and you will get rid of the Cortana easily forever. Also, make sure that you really want to disable Cortana permanently as after disabling it, it cannot be easy to enable it again. Hope the article helped you out. If you have any doubt about any of the steps then feel free to drop it in comments section. congrats🙂