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How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Cortana - The "unperfect" Virtual Assistant by Microsoft, is automatically running in Windows 10 background. For some people, it may be a little useful, but for many people (including me ), Cortana is not really useful, vice versa, it also causes a lot of discomforts. Cortana is always started with Windows so it uses a lot of computer resources, making it slower ...
How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

It is even worse when Microsoft doesn’t allow us to disable Cortana by a normal method from Anniversary Update. To disable/ turn off Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we have to use a trick to hack Windows Registry settings. We can do that by using Registry Editor (all Windows editions) or Group Policy (only in Pro and Enterprise edition)

How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

1. What is Cortana?

"Cortana is your digital agent. She'll help you get things done..." - advertised by Microsoft. Cortana is Microsoft's virtual assistant for Windows, with the same functionality as Siri on iOS or Google Now on Android. We just need to voice commands, Cortana will quickly and simply implement your requests.
In my opinion, Cortana still has a bit useful, especially for non-professional users that it can help something like searching, scheduling, troubleshooting. For experienced/ professional users, Cortana does not really help while it takes up a lot of system resources when it's running in Windows background.
We can not turn off or disable Cortana in the usual way, but we can use some tips to change Registry settings by using Registry Editor or Group Policy Settings.
Important notes: You should backup your computer carefully (Backup Registry and create a System Restore Point) before doing this setting because if you made even a small error, your computer may not work anymore!

2. Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary via Registry

Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary via Registry

- Open Registry Editor tool by goto Start => Run (or use the shortcut Windows + R) => then type the below command into RUN dialog: 
regedit
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- In Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search.
If you cannot find "Windows Search" key (folder), you have to create it by right-click the Windows folder and select New > Key. Name it “Windows Search”.
- In Windows Search, right-click on white space in the right side then select New =>  DWORD (32-bit) Value => Name it “AllowCortana
- Double-click on AllowCortana and set its value to 0. Save it.
- Restart your computer and enjoy it.
NOTES:
- If you don't want to edit the Registry yourself, you can easily download my REG file, and run it. I have already done all the settings for you. Download Here
- To restore/enable Cortana again, you only need to change the above "Value Data" from 0 to 1.

3. Disable Cortana on Windows 10 via Group Policy settings

If you are using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, the easiest way to disable Cortana is by using the Local Group Policy Editor. Here's how:
- First, launch the Group Policy editor by pressing the shortcut Windows + R (or goto Start => Run), type the following keyword then press Enter:
gpedit.msc
- In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Search.
Disable Cortana on Windows 10 via Group Policy settings
- Look into the right side then Locate the “Allow Cortana” setting and double-click it.
Disable Cortana on Windows 10 via Group Policy settings
- Set the Allow Cortana option to “Disabled” and then click “OK”.
- Restart your computer and enjoy it.
NOTES:
To restore/enable Cortana via Group Policy Editor, return the last step above and change the “Enable Cortana” settings to “Not Configured” or “Enabled”.

Tutorial video: How to Disable/ Turn Off Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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