This popped up at work, so I had to.

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    The second one speaks right out of my soul. Thank you.
  • 5
    @nitwhiz no problem 🤣
  • 4
    I have never typed calc before since I use the dedicated calculator button on my keyboard. I suppose you can't type calc like you can regedit since calc was converted to a uwp.
  • 2
    I use cortana internet results for spell check hehe.
  • 12
    I hate those fucking internet suggestions. One typo on a program you want to open and whooosh, welcome to edge land, no matter your browser preferences..
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    1) did you enable cirtana voice assistant? Because its disabled by default. The process cortana.exe it's also the file search and indexer
    2) strange i always tipe calc and enter... I'll check again
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    1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
    2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
    3. Locate Allow Cortana and double-click on it to open the relevant policy.
    4. Select Disabled.
    5. Click Apply and OK to turn off Cortana.
    6. Log off and back on.

    I deal with Group policy a lot for my job and we disabled this company wide after complaints for web results showing up when looking for local things.
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    @CorruptComputer have never read abouttl that before. Only the registry shit that not always seemed to work/is reset after every major update..
    I'll give it a try
  • 1
    @PhilWerman That should persist through any updates and cause less issues than registry hacks.
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    win + r "calc" opens calculator.
  • 0
    i have spigot, i dont need a software that cant calculate.
  • 1
    Just tried it and it is awesome! Thanks for the advice. There are so many policies to prevent behaviour that always bothered me..
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    I don't believe for a second that disabling creepy cortana stops it.
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    @segfault0xff You can check for yourself that the executable isn't running. And for me it actually lowered my CPU usage by about 5% on my work machine, so it obviously stops something from running at least.
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    @PhilWerman Also if you want to stop the ads from being added to the start menu through updates:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences

    Set to enable.
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    @CorruptComputer ahh nice, thanks! This won't make me like windows, but at least give me a far less annoying work machine..
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