Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is a cool new feature of the company’s newest operating system Windows 10. It can help you do a number of tasks such as find files, find things on your PC, manage your calendar, and even tell jokes. The more it knows about you, the better it provides a personally tailored experience. However, all that data about you will travel straight through tech giant Microsoft. If you want to remove Cortana in Windows 10 and don’t want to leave your footprint in the company’s servers, here are steps that can help you. Let’s check out now!

Step 1: Open Cortana by clicking on the search box on your desktop and type Cortana. Now you should see Cortana and Search settings as the top result. Alternatively, you can open Cortana, click the Notebook icon on the left-hand side of the menu and then choose Settings from the list.

Microsoft provides you with tools to disable Cortana and remove your personal data in Windows 10

Step 2: Slide “Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more” to off. This will disable Cortana on your computer as well as delete all locally stored data she knows about you. However, that information could still be stored online. Therefore, you will have to  wipe your data from Microsoft’s servers as well.

Step 3: To remove more data, you click on Manage what Cortana knows about me in the cloud. Now, choose a browser if a window pops up and asks which one you want to use to complete the action.

Step 4: Sign into your Microsoft account if you are requested.

Step 5: When your primary browser opens to your personalization settings page in Bing, options to clear your history for search, saved places and more are listed. But you should hit the big Clear button at the bottom to wipe the data that is stored for Cortana online.

Now you’re done! Both Windows 10’s Cortana and the cloud data should be deleted.


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