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Old 07-09-2019, 07:20 PM   #3151
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Might wanna turn off Cortana if running it.
Good Luck! I tried with no success...You can turn it off but you can't disable it. A friend of mine had a win10 pc that gave an error at login that prevented the start page/menu from opening. I found if I login and quickly kill cortana(via taskmgr) that would fix it until you logged in again. I tried disabling it in the registry and everything with no luck.

Cortana WILL start when you log in...
 
Old 07-10-2019, 01:20 AM   #3152
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Quick search: https://www.lifewire.com/turn-off-co...ows-10-4165920

may do?
 
Old 07-10-2019, 03:51 AM   #3153
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For now the registry method still works to disable it.
Code:
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search"
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v AllowCortana /t REG_DWORD /d 0
But just how "disabled" remains to be seen. You will still see the cortana process running, because it also handles the windows search functionality.

The control to turn it off was removed in an update, so this method could eventually be rendered obsolete in the same way...

The Pro/Enterprise users can disable it via a group policy.
 
Old 07-10-2019, 07:30 AM   #3154
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For now the registry method still works to disable it.
Code:
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search"
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v AllowCortana /t REG_DWORD /d 0
But just how "disabled" remains to be seen. You will still see the cortana process running, because it also handles the windows search functionality.

The control to turn it off was removed in an update, so this method could eventually be rendered obsolete in the same way...

The Pro/Enterprise users can disable it via a group policy.
Exactly, and when an internal cortana error renders the start menu unusable, there is no way to fix, I finally installed a different start menu. So now you boot, login, drag the error that stays on top of EVERYTHING off the edge of the screen where it's still there but you can't see it, and use the alternative start menu to do stuff.
 
Old 07-10-2019, 08:45 AM   #3155
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Exactly, and when an internal cortana error renders the start menu unusable, there is no way to fix, I finally installed a different start menu. So now you boot, login, drag the error that stays on top of EVERYTHING off the edge of the screen where it's still there but you can't see it, and use the alternative start menu to do stuff.
I've not seen this problem with cortana just disabled via the registry.

There is no "start menu" in Windows 10 regardless. It has the Windows 8 style "start" screen condensed in the bottom left corner and accessible by the logo button - this defeats the object of the start screen and it's better to just configure it "Windows 8 style".

But if you just avoid the start screen altogether, as with 8/8.1, or just delete all the clutter and crap and add just the common things you want, then it's usable enough.
 
Old 07-10-2019, 01:52 PM   #3156
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Haven't used windows in a while but this just got emailed to me: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/serv.../upcoming.aspx

Vs:
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The four essential freedoms

A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential freedoms:*[1]
  • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
...
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html &see.

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Old 07-10-2019, 05:56 PM   #3157
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Haven't used windows in a while but this just got emailed to me: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/serv.../upcoming.aspx

Vs:https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html &see.
So you're saying that the dollars handed over for permission to borrow the software is just a tiny part of the total cost? Not a good business strategy (for the user) to my mind.
 
Old 07-10-2019, 06:39 PM   #3158
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That's monopolies...
 
Old 07-10-2019, 07:06 PM   #3159
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From previously linked MacroShaft "agreement":

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Your Content. Many of our Services allow you to store or share Your Content or receive material from others. We donít claim ownership of Your Content. Your Content remains Your Content and you are responsible for it.

... blah, blah, blah ...you grant to Microsoft a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use Your Content, for example, to make copies of, retain, transmit, reformat, display, and distribute via communication tools.
Freedom does not come a license, agreement, terms or any other document, binding, legal or by any other name.

Freedom, especially Software Freedom comes only from mutual respect among equals.

There is no equality, nor respect between Microsoft and their poor enslaved users, as is obvious from all their EULA's, terms and conditions and agreements, such as the one above.
 
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We don’t claim ownership of Your Content. Your Content remains Your Content and you are responsible for it.

... blah, blah, blah ...you grant to Microsoft a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use Your Content, for example, to make copies of, retain, transmit, reformat, display, and distribute via communication tools.
So if anything bad comes of your post, it's your content and you are responsible for it, not Microsoft. But any profit that can be made from it is theirs, not yours. What a con!
 
  


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