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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 08:21 PM

When I click on the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner, and type in the name of a program that I know I have installed, it does not come up for me.  If I go into Task Manager, and kill the process, Cortana, and then re-do the search, I am now able to search again.  Does anyone else have a similar issue?  Is there a fix instead of always having to manually go into Task Manager and kill the running Cortana process?



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#2 britechguy

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 09:01 PM

I'm sorry, but this query confuses me.  The Windows icon at the lower left hand corner brings up the start menu, and I have yet to see one with search configured on it.  Win10 comes with the search box showing by default just to the right of the Windows Icon that is the start button, and this can be switched to the search icon instead (a magnifying glass).

 

I don't know how you perform a search in the manner you describe.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 09:46 PM

My search box works either way. Either just start typing or hit the start button and just start typing. When i had Cortana enabled (for about 2 days) she almost never found any of my stuff. Too busy trying to send me to Bing. That's one of the reasons I killed her.



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:05 PM

My search box works either way. Either just start typing or hit the start button and just start typing. When i had Cortana enabled (for about 2 days) she almost never found any of my stuff. Too busy trying to send me to Bing. That's one of the reasons I killed her.

 

Did you literally kill Cortana via task manager (which is what the OP appears to be saying) or did you turn off the "Get to Know Me" and "Include web results" options in Cortana & Search options?

 

I just tried the "hit start button and start typing" and it works for me as well.  I find these "invisible access methods" to be completely counterintuitive so I guess that's why I seldom discover them.  I eliminated the search box on the quick launch bar and replaced it with the search icon, which I always hit to trigger a Windows search, which isn't often.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 01:18 AM

Click on Start>>>type in Troubleshooting >>>In the left column, select "View All" >>>Select Search and Indexing >>>Follow the prompts from there.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 06:35 AM

How do I disable Cortana?



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 10:21 AM

How do I disable Cortana?

 

Settings->Cortana & Search Settings

 

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You can't absolutely, positively disable Cortana because there is a process named Cortana that is part of the OS and integral to doing Windows Search.  You can, though, disable Cortana as an electronic personal assistant (and/or remove anything she already knows about you in the cloud) and having her include web results as part of her searches (which uses Bing to get them).

 

I am still awaiting clarification from Microsoft as to whether they recognize a difference between the Cortana process, which one really can't get rid of, and the Cortana Service [which is what I think of as "full Cortana personal electronic assistant" functions].  One should be able to avoid using the Cortana Service if one so chooses, but it doesn't look like the Cortana process is optional in any way.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:27 PM

 

My search box works either way. Either just start typing or hit the start button and just start typing. When i had Cortana enabled (for about 2 days) she almost never found any of my stuff. Too busy trying to send me to Bing. That's one of the reasons I killed her.

 

Did you literally kill Cortana via task manager (which is what the OP appears to be saying) or did you turn off the "Get to Know Me" and "Include web results" options in Cortana & Search options?

 

I just tried the "hit start button and start typing" and it works for me as well.  I find these "invisible access methods" to be completely counterintuitive so I guess that's why I seldom discover them.  I eliminated the search box on the quick launch bar and replaced it with the search icon, which I always hit to trigger a Windows search, which isn't often.

 

 

 

I turned off the switches as you displayed in Post #7, so she's not really dead, just sleeping. I'm afraid I'd break something if I tried to delete her.

 

I never used 8.1, so getting around on 10 is quite the experience. But I figured out 3.11, so I'll, eventually, tame this beast.






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