Removing Cortana from Windows 10 is now easier than ever

Cortana for Windows 10

Cortana on Windows 10 has been updated as a productivity tool
and it is now an integral part of Microsoft’s vision for
conversational computing and productivity.

Voice assistants are a great convenience when they work as
intended. A wide choice of assistants has risen over the past
few years, including Cortana, Alexa, Siri, and Google
Assistant, but Cortana didn’t become as popular as the rival
digital assistants.

As a result, Microsoft has been moving away from
consumer-focused features and the assistant is slowly turning
into a tool exclusively for productivity that will work best
with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

Cortana is now a regular system app that can be updated through
the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 version 2004. Cortana also
comes with a new chat-based interface, improved keyboard
support, and you can also move it around the desktop.

Unfortunately, you can no longer use Cortana to read your
emails, play music in Groove Music, and you cannot even launch
apps using the chat or voice-based commands.

If you’re not planning on using the assistant, you can now
easily remove it from Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Before
uninstalling Cortana, make sure that you right-click the
taskbar and disable the Cortana button feature.

How to uninstall Cortana

To remove Cortana from Windows 10 after upgrading to version
2004, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Search.
  2. Search for PowerShell and run it with administrator
    privilege.
  3. Type the following command to remove the
    assistant and press enter:

          Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage
  4. Close PowerShell.
    Cortana-PowerShell
  5. Reboot.

Once you complete the above, you’ll no longer find Cortana as
an installed app on Windows 10 or within the system settings.

Do note that this hack doesn’t get rid of all traces of
Cortana. You’ll still have the Cortana button in the taskbar,
but you can always turn it off from the taskbar’s context menu
and ignore that option.

Remap shortcuts

Also, Win+C shortcut will do nothing after removing the Cortana
app, but you can use PowerToys
Keyboard Remapper and reuse the shortcut for other Windows
features.

For example, if your caps lock key is broken, you can configure
PowerToys to enable caps lock when you press Win+C.

If you would like to restore Cortana functionality, simply head
to the Microsoft Store and download the assistant again.

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