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Windows 10 Start Menu question

CyberGuy 2,320 297 February 5, 2016 at 12:31 AM
How do I remove the "All apps" option from the Start Menu in Windows 10? Thanks.

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You can't. I have searched high and low to find a way to remove the spyware Cortana and the shitty Windows Defender.
I want to uninstall them.
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Can I ask why you want to do this?
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Classic shell?
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You can't. I have searched high and low to find a way to remove the spyware Cortana and the shitty Windows Defender.
I want to uninstall them.
Hide cortana, install another AV and defender is automatically disabled.
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Hide cortana, install another AV and defender is automatically disabled.
I want to uninstall them.
Disable is useless. Just like you use plastic bag to cover shit instead of take it out to the trash.
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I want to uninstall them.
Disable is useless. Just like you use plastic bag to cover shit instead of take it out to the trash.
Makes no sense. How is uninstalling any different than disabling? Unless you are using a tiny drive and a few hundred megabytes is critical. Google and apple dont let you uninstall certain apps or features. You will survive.
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I want to uninstall them.
Disable is useless. Just like you use plastic bag to cover shit instead of take it out to the trash.
Incorrect. You do this all the time with every software. Features don't just disappear -- they are disabled.

You didn't search very hard, Cortana is easily disabled and a real search or any effort would show this.

Open gpedit.msc

Go to: Computer Config -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search

And set "Allow Cortana" to disabled.

Windows 10 as does most software will have residual traces that only annoy the truly anal but this does indeed disable Cortana searching.

If you perform some deep packet inspection you would and should be satisfied with the results.
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Google and apple dont let you uninstall certain apps or features. You will survive.
apple is apple, but you can uninstall (not just disable) any app with root on android - even the google play store - so now take the same root (or admin if you prefer) access on windows - why am I more restricted?
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Open gpedit.msc

Go to: Computer Config -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search

And set "Allow Cortana" to disabled.
That will likely only work on Windows 10 Pro. Home editions lack some of these settings / tools. There are registry keys that should effect the same outcome.

These links may help:
http://www.wired.com/2015/08/wind...need-know/
http://bgr.com/2015/08/14/windows...acy-tools/
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That will likely only work on Windows 10 Pro. Home editions lack some of these settings / tools. There are registry keys that should effect the same outcome.

These links may help:
http://www.wired.com/2015/08/wind...need-know/ [wired.com]
http://bgr.com/2015/08/14/windows...acy-tools/ [bgr.com]
Very true. I'd definitely recommend Windows 10 Pro over Home even just to take advantage of the Bitlocker functionality. But also, Home is suitable for plenty of people.
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apple is apple, but you can uninstall (not just disable) any app with root on android - even the google play store - so now take the same root (or admin if you prefer) access on windows - why am I more restricted?
rooting is not the same as admin rights on a windows pc. So your question really is why didnt someone develop a method to remove cortana and defender. The reason is because you can disable it and never see it or see any effect on the pc. On android/apple, if you could not delete the app, it stays in your app list which can be annoying. This is a non issue. Cortana and defender are embeded in the os and not considered add on software by MS. I for one think that its a great move that they force defender because it automatically turns on if your other AV expires. That will curb lots of virus spreading.
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Check out this tutorial: http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-t...back-apps/. It details step by step how to completely uninstall Cortona and other built in system apps on Windows 10.
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Very true. I'd definitely recommend Windows 10 Pro over Home even just to take advantage of the Bitlocker functionality. But also, Home is suitable for plenty of people.
How do I get Windows 10 Pro if the store BestBuy, Staples only have Home on laptops?
Are you trying to be a smart ass?
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How do I get Windows 10 Pro if the store BestBuy, Staples only have Home on laptops?
Are you trying to be a smart ass?
Those aren't the only places to buy a laptop. Even if you get a custom one someone some where can have pro put on.
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