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Eliminating Windows 10 "Cortana" completely without problems

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by LoveGoldens, Jan 9, 2020.

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  1. LoveGoldens

    LoveGoldens Thread Starter

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    I'm used to using Windows 7, which worked almost perfectly for me. Windows version 10 is far too "bloated!" I dislike the fact that I can't boot-up my system without the completely unnecessary 'interim' of Cortana before seeing my Login screen. I don't use Cortana for anything so, I don't believe I need it.

    So, can I eliminate "Cortana" completely without corrupting my entire OS? If so, then what step-by-step procedure do I need to follow to accomplish that --completely and safely? I do not want to be forced into re-installing Windows 10 from scratch -again.

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    Note: I'm using MS Windows Home Edition.
     
  2. LoveGoldens

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    Attention: Cookiegal
    * I received your PM but, it's impossible to reply to it. It says something vague such as "...please enter 3 char's, or something like that? That has no meaning, to me! Hopefully, you can explain that to me in plain English. heh-heh.

    * Anyway, my browser is Firefox version 71.04 64bit.
    * I could not retrieve my previous account (of many years) because your website uses 3rd-party Google codes, which I had blocked with my AVG Internet Security software. After disabling those blocked URL's, I managed to create a new account.
    * No need for the older one, I guess.
    * Nevertheless, my question about Cortana still remains.
    --Thank you for your replies.
     
  3. flavallee

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    Larry:

    You've been communicating with Cookiegal on the Cortana issue, so I'll leave you with her.

    I do want to say something though about what you said in post #2.
    You should get rid of AVG Internet Security and stick with Windows 10's built-in antivirus app: Windows Security aka Windows Defender.
    Using a third-party antivirus app (such as AVG) in Windows 10 can cause various issues.

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  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I did not send you a PM. It was a reply to the thread you started in Site Comments. If you get that error message it means you're quoting my text and replying inside the quote box therefore it doesn't recognize that you typed any message.

    Please reply there without quoting the previous text.
     
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    Frank,

    We haven't been communicating regarding this issue. The user had problems accessing their previous account and we've been trying to work through which one they want to keep in the Site Comments forum.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Nevertheless I'm going to suspend assistance here until the account issue is resolved.

    Thread temporarily closed.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    This thread is now reopened so it may continue with assistance for the original request.
     
  8. flavallee

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    K:
    I was going by what Larry said in post #2, so I assumed you both were in contact with each other via PM about the Cortana issue, so I didn't want to jump in the middle of it.
    I tried to reply to you earlier, but you had closed the thread.

    Larry:
    If you're still here, please read what I said in post #3.
    That's a different issue that you should deal with.

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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    That would be against the rules and I'd have to ban myself. :D That's why I wanted to make it clear that wasn't what was done.
     
  10. LoveGoldens

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    What issues? I've used it for years (with certain reservations since it's from another country). But, I've never had a security breach which they didn't block, immediately!)
    I'm interested in hearing more about your concerns about my using it. I'm not sure that I trust Microsoft anymore than
    Flavallee, do you mean that for me to get an answer from you about AVG, etc. that I need to post a new Topic?
     
  11. TerryNet

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    Probably not. I can't test this because I won't go near Windows 10. Based on experience with previous versions of Windows try going to Programs and Features in the Control Panel and then there may be an option to turn Windows crap on or off. If so, you can probably turn Cortana off in there.
     
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    Terry/Larry:
    I also have no use for Cortana, so I turn it off during the install process of Windows 10.
    I then go to Settings - Cortana and make sure all commands are set to "Off".

    Larry:
    Windows 10 can have various issues when using a third-party antivirus app.
    Updates failing to install is one of the primary issues.
    That's why we encourage users not to install and use one.
    If you prefer to stick with AVG, that's your choice.

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  13. RT

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    Yes, that's what I did upon installing Win 10 during the time Win10 was offered as a free upgrade from Win 7.
    Getting a new machine with 10 already installed, I did as Frank did (i.e., Settings - Cortana ) and disabled it all. That means ya turn all options there "off."
    Going to Setting>Cortana and selecting "off" does not eliminate it, as it seems to be integrated within the OS, but a disable will cause no harm nor performance issues and will not corrupt your install.
     
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