How to Uninstall Cortana in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Cortana is one of Windows 10’s signature features, but not all users are delighted with it. Some people don’t find Cortana specially useful, so they want to disable it, or even completely uninstall it from their computer. So, in this article, we’re going to show you how to delete Cortana from your system for good.

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First thing we want to say is that we don’t recommend uninstalling Cortana, if you want to get rid of Microsoft’s virtual assistant, it’s better choice to just disable it. Why? Because uninstalling Cortana isn’t supported by Microsoft, as Cortana is one of a few Windows 10 features that can’t be uninstalled normally.

Also, uninstalling Cortana breaks Start Menu and Search, so you’ll be forced to use some kind of third-party Start Menu. Once you uninstall Cortana, and break Start Menu, it’s permanent, so you’ll probably have to re-install the whole system to get it back.

But if you strongly decided to uninstall Cortana, and probably mess up a few more features with it, there’s a tool which will do that for you in just a couple of second. So, here’s what you need to do to completely remove Cortana from your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Download the Uninstall Cortana ZIP file (provided by WinAero).
  2. Extract all files from the ZIP archive you downloaded to any you want
  3. Right click the Uninstall Cortana.cmd file and select Run as Administrator.
  4. Wait till the process is done.uninstall cortana windows10
  5. Restart your computer.

There you go, once you’ve uninstalled Cortana, just download some third-party Start Menu, and you’re good to go. But we have to tell you again, that you should have a good think before you do such a thing, because once you uninstall Cortana, there’s no way back (except reinstalling Windows 10 completely)

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