I just want to try to help someone here as I have been helped here by such generous people. Some have most likely removed Cortana in this way ? I was unable to find a thread here to remove Cortana like this. 1) First copy original C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy to desktop before doing this to be able to enable Cortana again if I wish. 2) Renamed Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy folder in C:\Windows\SystemApps to - Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewyXXXX 3) End task Cortana in task manager Now search 'ask me anything' (which I can deal with ok) is not working & Cortana is no longer in task mgr. To enable Cortana - Copy saved Cortana original folder from desktop to C:\windows\system apps\admin permission click continue. Now Cortana is installed and "ask me anything' is working & Cortana is in in task mgr so no harm done it seems. If this already has been posted I apologize. ========== Edit copied from my post #11- Removed Cortana as in post #1 , removed Edge as in post #1, deleted OneDrive in safemode(saved original to desktop) C:\users\accountName\appdata\local\microsoft\onedrive Haven't searched registry for anything leftover yet , but, all 3 removed and OS works great! re- enabled (copied folders to original locations) all (3) and all worked as they did before changes ..no harm done that I see. Code is way beyond my knowledge. Kind of inhumane how I did this with a hammer and chisel but it worked for me. Do these (3) changes at your own risk.