How to disable Cortana but Keep Search?

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  1. Ultra Male

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    #1 Ultra Male, Sep 19, 2016
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  2. mxman2k

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    #2 mxman2k, Sep 19, 2016
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    I have used the code below to turn off Cortana and still use the search feature. This works on TH2 1511 and RS1 1607, not tested on latest insider versions.

    There are extra added 'features' such as make the search box the magnifying glass icon, prevent searching the net when searching your pc, does not keep history of what you searched previous.

    Hope this what you are looking for.

    Code:
     
    @echo off
    
    IF EXIST "%systemdrive%\Program Files (x86)\" (SET OSARCH=x64) >nul
    IF NOT DEFINED OSARCH SET OSARCH=x86
    
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortana" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWeb" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowSearchToUseLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "DisableWebSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f > NUL 2>&1
    
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "SearchboxTaskbarMode" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "CortanaEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "BingSearchEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "DeviceHistoryEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "HistoryViewEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "UserSettingsContentReady" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f >NUL 2>&1
    
    IF /I "%OSARCH%"=="x64" (
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowSearchToUseLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "DisableWebSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWeb" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowSearchToUseLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "DisableWebSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWeb" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f > NUL 2>&1
    )
    
    
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "CortanaEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "SearchboxTaskbarMode" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "BingSearchEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "DeviceHistoryEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "HistoryViewEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f >NUL 2>&1
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "UserSettingsContentReady" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f >NUL 2>&1
    
     
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  3. petok

    petok MDL Member

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    #3 petok, Sep 19, 2016
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    I have in registry this

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
    "AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000
    "AllowCortana"=dword:00000000
    "ConnectedSearchUseWeb"=dword:00000000
    "ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections"=dword:00000000
    "DisableWebSearch"=dword:00000001
    
    
     
  4. Katzenfreund

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    You can use a simple workaround to disable Cortana without changing the registry in ways that could give trouble with future updates. Search and everything else remains unaffected.

    So there are many languages that Cortana doesn’t speak. Just pick one you know a little bit and make it your native language (change your Region in Settings), while keeping English as the working language for everything you see and do on the computer. Only the welcoming screen will be in the new native language.

    That’s what I did using Greek as the “catalyst”, and Cortana not only left me alone but also apologized for not speaking “my language”.