Most people discover Cortana to be genuinely helpful for browsing the internet, showing notifications and setting calendar reminders but security-conscious users might be wary of what the Artificial Intelligence assistant is learning about you, your schedule, location and sharing those tidbits with Microsoft.
Prior to Windows 10’s recent Anniversary Update, you could disable Cortana by toggling a single switch, but since then, Microsoft has made it almost impossible to do.
The following steps are for advanced users: Please do a System Restore before you proceed as a precaution. The system restore will save your current PC setting and Data.
4. Rename the DWORD (32-bit) by changing it to “Allow Cortana.” Double Click the file after you rename it and make sure the value data is set to “0”.
5. Restart your PC to apply all changes before you do anything else . Cortana will be replaced with a regular search bar.
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