How to: Completely Disable Cortana on Windows 10

Windows 10 comes loaded with Cortana, which most of us like me do not like. May be we’ll do, but that’ll take time. As for now, we don’t need it.

If you don’t know what Cortana is, then let me tell you it’s an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator for Windows 10.

I am writing this guide because many of the users have failed to uninstall Cortana, in this guide i will provide step by step instructions to disable cortana. You can revert the instructions; should you wish to enable it at a later stage.

Let’s get started! Follow the steps below to disable cortana!

1. Hold Windows Key and Press R

2. Type taskmgr and Click OK.

3. Choose More Details in the Task Manager.

Once you see this type of  window

cortana

4. Right click on Cortana from  the Processes tab and select Open File Location

This should take you to C:\windows\systemapps and you will see the list of folders.

Locate the folder which contains the word Cortana and has resemblance to the following:

Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n14920u

The key is to see the first three names with dots, Microsoft.Windows.Cortana

windows.cortana

5. Right click on it and select Rename and add  .bak at the end of it, eg: Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.bak

6. If it tells you that it’s in use; while keeping this window open (go back to Task Manager), right click Cortana and select End Task

end cortana

7. Now go back to C:\Windows\Systemapps and right click Cortana, then add .bak at the end or Click Try Again on the pop-up.

What we’ve done is, renamed the program path, so now Windows will not be able to run it. If you decide to enable it then re-do the steps and remove the .bak from the end.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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