How to uninstall Cortana

Want to uninstall Cortana? You’ve come to the right place, and we’ve got good news. It’s pretty simple to shut down Microsoft’s digital assistant, as the company continues to make it less and less prevalent on devices. Whether they’re surrendering territory to Alexa, Google Assistant and (possibly?) Siri is a question to be answered another day: we’ve got complete instructions for both regular folks and power users alike, to help you uninstall Cortana to your liking. 

And that’s not the only place Cortana’s losing its footing: Microsoft shut down the Cortana apps on both Android and iOS. Not only have many users been excited to boot Cortana from Windows 10, but it’s also gotten the ‘see ya!’ treatment from its own speaker: the Harmon/Kardon Invoke. 

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. So, yes, even though you can remove Cortana from PCs, it’s still showing up inside the company’s Outlook and Teams apps. 

There are two ways to disable Cortana, as outlined by. You can either stop it from automatically opening when you boot your PC (the easier way), or remove the new Cortana app from Windows 10 (which is a little harder). We’ve got full instructions below.

How to disable Cortana

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. In Task Manager, click the Startup column.
  3. Select Cortana.
  4. Click Disable.
  5. Then, open the Start menu.
  6. Find Cortana under All Apps.
  7. Right-click on Cortana.
  8. Select More. 
  9. Click on App settings.
  10. Turn off the switch next to ‘Runs at log-in.’

How to uninstall the Cortana app

These steps require a little tinkering, so a word of caution. Since you’re going to be poking around in PowerShell, back up your system first. Oursolutions provide easy ways to protect your data.

  1. Open the Start Menu and type in PowerShell.
  2. Right click on Windows PowerShell.
  3. Select ‘Run as administrator’.
  4. Type the following text (minus the ‘ marks) in: ‘Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage’
  5. Press Enter.

Of course, power users set on eradicating Cortana will need to dive even deeper into Windows Registry — which is even more risky for everyday users. Since it’s less necessary and a bit dangerous, we recommend skipping that part. 

You’ve already shut Cortana up and removed its app presence. That should be enough for some extra peace of mind. 

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