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Windows 7: You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

29 Jul 2016   #21
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep well that might also be coming soon no more local user accounts unless you use enterprise...


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29 Jul 2016   #22
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Originally you could only use Cortana on an MS account, but Cortana is enabled on local accounts now too. Can't remember when they introduced it though. Might be with the Anniversary update, although I'm sure it was introduced before that.
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29 Jul 2016   #23
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

The only thing I've done with Cortana was block with group policy and if that and web search is not blockable I'm out.

I'm reinstalling 8.1 tomorrow on my acer don't need 10 on it with this stuff going on
Don't really need 8 on it either but that's the way the cookie will crumble
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29 Jul 2016   #24
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I don't have Cortana on my W10 machine. I am using a local account and I have the search-related services disabled. I doubt that the upcoming update will force me to create a Microsoft account. I doubt it will enable the search either. So, I'm thinking I'm quite free of that particular worry.
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29 Jul 2016   #25
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

That's part of my problem with 10, most of the new features that make the OS so wonderful (apparently), are the first things I disable in VM's!
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29 Jul 2016   #26
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Like many things, over the years, I've had to develop my own "kill switch" for Cortana, which I didn't want to have left running on my PC. That was right after I killed WUDO. But that's another conversation.

Like so many things (services) in Windows, Cortana depends on a .dll file loading when you boot up your PC. I found the Cortana.DLL file and took control of it with "Grant Admin Full Control" and then I changed the name of the file's DLL suffix to something not recognized by Windows. DDD will do the trick nicely. On reboot after the name change, Cortana will not load and run. Problem solved.

There was a fix that I saw posted somewhere, that involved totally removing the entire Cortana program and all its associated files from the computer. The problem with that attack is that it disables some other Windows functions too. So now I just change the name of Cortana's DLL file and leave it at that. It's kind of like unplugging a lamp that has a broken ON-OFF switch.

When setting up Windows 10 for someone, I always explain Cortana to them and then I ask them if they want it. So far everyone has said "NO", so I kill it and move on with the SETUP which includes killing WUDO.

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29 Jul 2016   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Might have to post some screen shots Techno...
I'm stuck with one win-10.
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29 Jul 2016   #28
indianacarnie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Might have to post some screen shots Techno...
I'm stuck with one win-10.
Yes! Screenshot or a tutorial even ...
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29 Jul 2016   #29
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I don't have Cortana on my W10 machine. I am using a local account and I have the search-related services disabled. I doubt that the upcoming update will force me to create a Microsoft account. I doubt it will enable the search either. So, I'm thinking I'm quite free of that particular worry.
Big updates have reset various options on my W10 Home (e.g. Privacy settings).

I haven't made any Registry changes on it, so I don't know if they are replaced.
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05 Aug 2016   #30
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep darn anniversary build added a 450mb partition
This is a sort of easy workaround for the lock screen bit
Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Cortana seems to still be in check or not any different than my already blocked in gpedit ?
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