i think everyone is missing the point here. there is something on my laptop i dont like, that sucks memory and disk space even tho it has been disabled and i cant remove it. like a virus or malware. isnt that the definition? something someone else put on my rig that i didnt ask for and that i cant remove? that negatively affects my rig and puts my privacy in jeopardy? microsoft is beating around the bush about telling us we cant remove it in hopes that we will join the club and use it. its ridiculous. perhaps the threat of a law suit will make them figure out how to get this junk off my rig.
Or not? Cortana is part of the OS. It's like saying "I don't use IPv6 on my OS and I want to remove it, why can't I? It's Microsoft's fault for not letting me remove an official networking protocol on my system".
Precisely. You don't, and haven't, seen this kind of complaint regarding IE11, Edge, or any other OS component. You can easily, very, very easily, turn the "personal digital assistant" functionality of Cortana off and never know it exists: I have. The Cortana process that's a part of Windows search still has to run, but has a feather light footprint.
People need to understand that you can't, and won't, always get what you (for any you) want when it comes to OS architecture when it comes to any OS. You don't get to pick and choose what the OS uses as essential processes and components - the OS designers do. 'Twas ever thus.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763
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