Cortana: how to remove, uninstall, disable completely

Cortana on windows is one of the most annoying windows assistant manager that always got people frustrated while operating our systems thus making it looks as if we are not the primary owner, and to disable or uninstall it completely, some steps as to be followed.


How to Remove Cortana from Start menu and taskbar 

1). Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

2). In Task Manager, click the Startup column.

3). Select Cortana.

4). Click Disable.

5). Then, open the Start menu.

6). Find Cortana under All Apps.

7). Right-click on Cortana.

8). Select More. 

9). Click on App settings.

10). Turn off the switch next to 'Runs at log-in.'


How to remove Cortana completely

These steps require a little tinkering, so a word of caution. Since you're going to be poking around in PowerShell, back up your system first. Our best cloud backup solutions provide easy ways to protect your data.

1). Open the Start Menu and type in PowerShell.

2). Right click on Windows PowerShell.

3). Select 'Run as administrator'.

4). Type the following text (minus the ' marks) in: 'Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage'

5). Press Enter.

Of course, power users set on eradicating Cortana will need to dive even deeper into Windows Registry — which is even more risky for everyday users. Since it's less necessary and a bit dangerous, we recommend skipping that part. 


You've already shut Cortana up and removed its app presence. That should be enough for some extra peace of mind.