If you use Windows 10 then surely you will already know Cortana , the Microsoft voice assistant integrated in the Windows 10 and Windows Phone operating systems. Cortana is very useful and works discreetly however it is rather invasive and requires resources; for this reason you may want to remove Cortana.
In fact, many people, to optimize the system, have decided to eliminate Cortana; but the procedure is far from simple because it is not possible to disable Cortana from the control panel as it is for the other services. The procedure to remove Cortana is quite complex and for this reason I want to help you by showing you the fastest way to disable this service.
On the internet there are several guides that explain how to remove Cortana through the windows registry or with other tricks but all these proposed solutions are long and complicated. Personally I think the fastest way to get rid of Cortana is to use Powershell ; if you don’t know Powershell don’t worry, it’s just a matter of running a command. The important thing is to perform the operation with powershell with a user who has computer administrator privileges.
So, first of all open powershell by clicking with the right mouse button on the windows icon in the bottom left bar and, from the menu that will be displayed by selecting the Windows PowerShell item or even more simply by pressing the WINDOWS + X and then selecting the entry Windows PowerShell.
The powershell window will open where you will need to enter the command to remove Cortana; from this window simply type this command:
Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft. 549981C3F5F10 Remove-AppxPackage
You should copy and paste to avoid making mistakes. Once you have written exactly the above command, press enter and wait a few moments for the procedure to delete Cortana to finish.
At this point you will have managed not only to deactivate Cortana but you will also have deleted all its files from your computer. However, keep in mind that to reinstall it in the future you will have to download it from the Microsoft store because it is no longer present on your computer.
As you understood, it is not possible to delete Cortana from the control panel but with powershell you can still delete it in a few seconds.