Published on April 15, 2017 By kona0197 In Personal Computing

Due to the fact that I absolutely hate Contana and the way Microsoft collects data about people, I was curious if there was a good way to remove Cortana without harming the way Windows 10 works? Or should I consider buying a copy of 7? 


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on Apr 16, 2017

You can remove Cortana from the taskbar easily enough. Removing her completely, I dunno.

Just right click her and hide her, if you don't want the bitch down there....

on Apr 16, 2017

If you have an MS account you can sign out of it and that will turn off Cortana. It cannot be uninstalled as it is part of the OS. Disabling it is about the best you can do atm. For the Win10 Pro you can do this...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3109900/software/you-can-remove-cortana-from-windows-10-but-its-tricky.html

 

on Apr 16, 2017

Take a look at majorgeeks under System Tools>Windows 10 Fixes, you should find something there to do what you want.

I don't trust or use Cortana, either, and rely on my own wits to remember appointments, etc.  In fact, I use Win 10 like a regular OS, without the apps and other crap it comes with.  All that got uninstalled or hidden very early in the piece.

on Apr 16, 2017

Should've called it "Katana" instead   

on Apr 16, 2017

 I checked the link and there isn't anything there to remove Cortana. All you can do is disable it.

on Apr 16, 2017

even if you can uninstall it, chances are it'll install itself again every month

on Apr 16, 2017


Or should I consider buying a copy of 7?

really? This far in to W10 and you would even think about moving back to a system that is falling farther down the support chain? Not logical at all..

on Apr 16, 2017

Phoon



Or should I consider buying a copy of 7?



really? This far in to W10 and you would even think about moving back to a system that is falling farther down the support chain? Not logical at all..

I just purchased a new retail copy of Windows 8.1 last week for a brand new computer. Don't regret it even slightly!

on Apr 16, 2017

And you can upgrade it to 10 for free.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/accessibility/windows10upgrade 

 

on Apr 16, 2017


 I checked the link and there isn't anything there to remove Cortana. All you can do is disable it.

Well there used to be.  I haven't checked lately, but I used to run a program from there that uninstalled Cortana.  However, it could be that the latest updates to Windows, and thus Cortana, have rendered such fixes inoperable, and therefore it has since been removed.

RedneckDude

And you can upgrade it to 10 for free.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/accessibility/windows10upgrade 

 

I did that because some of my [paid for] programs were updated on Win 8.1 but would no longer work on that OS.... even when using 'compatibility mode'.  Not that I like Win 10, but it was my only option if I wanted to run those programs. Thing is, Cortana is a data miner that sends all sorts of information back to MS, and I'm not at all comfortable with that, so I disabled it immediately upon installing Win 10 Pro on this machine... which apparently will have to do now.

As for Win 7, well I no longer have a copy to try my updated programs on, and there's no way I'm paying for an OS that'll lose support sooner rather than later. 

on Apr 17, 2017

BlackSmokeDMax

I just purchased a new retail copy of Windows 8.1 last week for a brand new computer. Don't regret it even slightly!

brand new as in couple of year old hardware (pre-skylake) or brand new brand new? because.. you might have heard that ms has stopped providing any sort of patches for win 7 and 8.1 for anything newer than skylake... as well as some skylake machines

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/04/windows-7-8-old-cpu-updates-blocked/

on Apr 17, 2017

neone6

Should've called it "Katana" instead   

You have no idea why the thing is called Cortana?

alaknebs

Quoting BlackSmokeDMax,


I just purchased a new retail copy of Windows 8.1 last week for a brand new computer. Don't regret it even slightly!

brand new as in couple of year old hardware (pre-skylake) or brand new brand new? because.. you might have heard that ms has stopped providing any sort of patches for win 7 and 8.1 for anything newer than skylake... as well as some skylake machines

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/04/windows-7-8-old-cpu-updates-blocked/



Old news... Kaby Lake is still working on windows8.1
The OS just wont auto update, you can still update the driver manual

on Apr 17, 2017

I have W7 on my machine and it still gets all the patches/updates.

on Apr 17, 2017


I have W7 on my machine and it still gets all the patches/updates.

 

Same here on my Windows 7 Ultimate.

on Apr 17, 2017

alaknebs


Quoting BlackSmokeDMax,

I just purchased a new retail copy of Windows 8.1 last week for a brand new computer. Don't regret it even slightly!



brand new as in couple of year old hardware (pre-skylake) or brand new brand new? because.. you might have heard that ms has stopped providing any sort of patches for win 7 and 8.1 for anything newer than skylake... as well as some skylake machines

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/04/windows-7-8-old-cpu-updates-blocked/

Brand new as in Ryzen 7 1800X, so it will have that issue. And yes I did/do know that will happen in the future. It hasn't as of this time yet though, and of course it isn't like I can't upgrade to win10 at that time. When that time comes I will just have to make a decision; run without updates, upgrade to Win10, or upgrade to Linux. It could be pressure will have caused MS to change their stance on data collection by that time, and Win10 will make good sense then. For now, I'm good. I'll be hurting on games that do Directx12, but not Vulkan at some point. But as of now, I don't run any games that I need to worry about that.

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