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  • How to Uninstall and Reinstall Cortana in Windows 10 2004

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 2004 – May 2020 Update How to Uninstall and Reinstall Cortana in Windows 10 2004

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        Alex5723
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        “If you don’t use Cortana in Windows 10 2004, you can uninstall (and reinstall if you want) it though Microsoft doesn’t provide an option or GUI for its uninstallation in the Windows 10.”

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        Rick Corbett
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        @alex5723 – Many thanks for posting the link. I’m testing 2004 at the moment so this saved me searching for the info myself.

        I’ve just used the command from the article and noticed that it’s quite slow to uninstall. Note that whilst it removes the Cortana entry from the Start menu, it does not remove the Cortana button from the taskbar.

        As a result you’ll need to remove the Cortana button seperately, either by right-clicking on the button and removing the tick from Show Cortana button or creating a REG file using the following:

        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
        
        ; Personalisation - Taskbar - Cortana button - REMOVE (2004 only)
        
        ; Used to remove the Cortana button from the currently logged in account
        [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
        "ShowCortanaButton"=dword:00000000
        
        

        If you want to remove the Cortana button from any new accounts that are subsequently created then you can append the following to the REG file:

        ; Used to remove the Cortana button from any new accounts
        [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
        "ShowCortanaButton"=dword:00000000
        
        

        (As per usual, follow the Microsoft guideline of always ending REG files with a final blank line.)

        Note that this only toggles the visibility of the Cortana button. I haven’t yet found a way of actually removing it from the taskbar.

        Hope this helps…

        
        
        		
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