reinstall cortana windows 10 pc

If you don’t want or need Cortana. Microsoft should give us option of uninstalling somewhere. I also don’t want the Search2 tracking my stuff. Search will still work in Explorer and Ctrl+F will still work in documents.

Once done it will not come back(we hope) unless you reinstall so use wisely or create system image prior.

an upgrade to [Version 10.0.10586] brought it back

[Heres How]

I also used Git method here first

Still used wim_tweak to get rid of it but had to add some things and I added full paths.

You need install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe from here
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe
Drop it in a folder and create a 10Cortana_Search2.cmd file in same folder and add this

@echo off
Color 1F
Title wim_tweak_NET4.6 Uninstall Cortana Search2
SetLocal EnableDelayedExpansion

mode con:cols=140 lines=200
:: BatchGotAdmin
:-------------------------------------
REM --> Check for permissions
>nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system"

REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.
if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (
echo Requesting administrative privileges...
goto UACPrompt
) else ( goto gotAdmin )

:UACPrompt
echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^): echo UAC.ShellExecute "%~s0", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"

"%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
exit /B

:gotAdmin
if exist "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" ( del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" )
pushd "%CD%"
CD /D "%~dp0"
Title Uninstall Cortana and Search2
CLS
REM We set Online. Need This
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /l
ECHO.
ECHO.
ECHO CREATED %~dp0Packages.txt
ECHO.
ECHO.
pause

REM We Uninstall the Targets
ECHO Microsoft-Windows-Cortana

install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-CortanaComponents-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-CortanaComponents-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-CortanaComponents-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-OneCore-CortanaComponents-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r

install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Cortana-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Cortana-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Cortana-PAL-Desktop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r

ECHO Microsoft-Windows-Search2

install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-base-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-base-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-shell-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-shell-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-base-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-base-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-shell-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.10586.0 /r
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Search2-WOW64-shell-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 /r


REM We hide Online
install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe /h /o /l
ECHO.
ECHO Uninstall Cortana complete. Reboot
ECHO Uninstall Search2 complete. Reboot
Pause
Exit

Now Right click and run that as Administrator

This adds getting Admin on the cmd so no need to right click run as Admin
REBOOT you must REBOOT

Folder is empty. C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy
You can hide the Search icon on Taskbar by right clicking taskbar Search > Hidden
Right click Cortana and unpin from Start

Many more of these Metro APPS will uninstall with this. I’ve done it.
Or you can use Powershell.

No ProvisionedAppxPackage left and only 2 AppxPackage left
Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_10.0.10586.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
windows.immersivecontrolpanel         windows.immersivecontrolpanel_6.2.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy

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