Since today is the last - thank god - day of the free Windows 10 update and the anniversary update is right around the corner this news may be concerncing to some. http://www.extremetech.com/computin...disabled-in-the-windows-10-anniversary-update I've bolded the most important parts and personally believe this is another reason why I will never ever update to Windows 10, I'd rather go full Linux Mint or even MacOS (no that's not meant as an insult!). I get it MS needs Cortana to collect as much data as possible and phone as much as possible home to their servers but honestly? Telling users what they can and can't disable? That's disgusting. Anyhow I did some research and found some tricks how you can still disable Cortana: Windows 10 PRO: Open gpedit.msc - Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Search for "AllowCortana" dc on it and turn it of Windows 10 home (works for Pro too obviously): Open regedit.exe - accept the UAC - now go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search - locate "AllowCortana" and set the value to 0 (zero) All the credit for those solutions goes to: http://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/26/you-will-use-cortana-says-microsoft/ So basically you can still turn of Cortana, it's just more tricky for no real reason other that MS wants to push another Service on you. Obviously I would like to know what Bill Gates is thinking of such shady decisions. Please keep in mind that future updates could reset all those settings to enabled so you might have to do the same thing again. If it's still possible I'd recommend writing a small bashfile for this procedure.