Some customization about Windows10.

Update information      Edit(Nov.27)  Edit2(2016.Aug.10)  Edit3(2017.Jun.13)

   After installing Windows10, SearchUI.exe accesses the Internet frequently. I find it annoying and don’t need it. I found SearchUI.exe in the folder %windir%SystemAppsMicrosoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy. For killing SearchUI.exe, I wanted to change the folder name. So I did the following steps.

  1. Hit [Windows] key + [R] key.
  2. Type ‘msconfig’ and click [OK].
  3. Select ‘Boot’ tag and check ‘Safe boot’. Click [OK].
  4. Reboot the PC.
  5. About SearchUI.exe on Windows10 1511, Safe boot doesn’t work well anymore.
    Run cmd.exe as Administrator.
    > taskkill /F /IM SearchUI.exe

    Go to %windir%SystemApps and change the folder name, something like Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.bak.
    [Caution]: After doing the command above, rename the Cortana App folder immediately. You must have speed because SearchUI.exe respawns very quickly.
    [Caution2]: On 2016.Aug.10 I updated to Redstone1, and I couldn’t change the Cortana folder name manually. SearchUI.exe respawns very very very quickly. You’d better use a batch file like this.
  6. Hit [Windows] key + [R] key.
  7. Type ‘msconfig’ and click [OK].
  8. Select ‘Boot’ tag and uncheck ‘Safe boot’. Click [OK].
  9. Reboot the PC.
    At the time, SearchUI.exe doesn’t run anymore.
  10. Next, edit registry.
    Run regedit.exe.
  11. Add the next key.
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindows Search]
  12. Now you cannot use ‘Search Box’ on the task bar but it is still visible.
    So, right click on the task bar.
    Select the ‘Cortana’ option.
    Select ‘Hidden’.

   I think the steps above kill all Cortana features.

   I don’t use ‘OneDrive’. I changed its options, but it still remains the left pane of Explorer, annoying.

  1. Run a cmd.exe as Administrator.
  2. start /wait "" "C:WindowsSystem32OneDriveSetup.exe" /UNINSTALL
    If you have 64-bit Windows10,
    start /wait "" "C:WindowsSysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe" /UNINSTALL
  3. Go to C: and delete the folder OneDriveTemp, if it exists.
  4. Go to %USERPROFILE% and delete the folder OneDrive.
  5. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%Microsoft and delete the folder OneDrive.
  6. Go to %PROGRAMDATA% and delete the folder Microsoft OneDrive.
  7. Next, edit registry.
    Run regedit.exe.
  8. Select the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}ShellFolder, and change Attributes data, default is f080004d.
  9. Add the followings.

  10. Reboot the PC.
    OneDrive has gone from the left pane of Explorer.

   Ref URL: Remove Bloat from Windows 10

   Today, I’ve found Cortana back after Windows Update. Besides, Start Menu is disabled if I kill Cortana, and Colrtana is back if I fix Start Menu malfunction. Umm. I give up against fighting for Cortana at this point.

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