Cortana shall babble about cat videos no more!

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2019 - 12:51 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, cortana

The most widely used OS on the planet has finally received an upgrade worth getting excited over.  Anyone who spends time imaging machines is all to familiar with the voice of Cortana emanating from a fresh machine, to the point where the dive for the mute button is reflexive and doesn't require any thought.  Until today, there was no way to stop the inane advice about logins and WiFi but now, for non-Home versions of Windows 10, Cortana will be gagged by default during the setup process.

For those wondering why this is such a wonderful thing; check out the video at The Inquirer and taste the pain.

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"Actually, it's not quite as simple as that. Cortana will only be gagged if you're installing Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education - the voice assistant is still its perky, annoying self on Home installations."

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January 4, 2019 | 02:06 PM - Posted by Thomas Spaziani (not verified)

Can they also please remove the requirements on Pro/Ent/Edu version to have the freaking security questions? I don't need my Sys Admin putting in the Street he grew up on.. Or his first cat's name.

All I want is a stripped down Windows 10 for my office users.. Why does it have to have all these crap tastic apps pre-installed, xbox live.

And don't get me started on the licensing confusion with the transition away from the Volume License center into O365.. !!!!

January 4, 2019 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

If you are going off of an image set up a user and use those quick steps to kill the damn things.

Can also do via gpedit ...

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to ...

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Credential User Interface

In the right pane of Credential User Interface in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts policy to edit it.


I FULLY agree with you about the new licensing BS.


January 4, 2019 | 04:16 PM - Posted by LongerTermSansTheCruft (not verified)

Maybe windows 10 LTSB(Long-Term Servicing Branch) with NO New and Shiny foisted upon the users as often it's getting renamed to Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) this year.

"Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)

This branch is exclusively available for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB edition and distributes snapshots of this edition that are updated every 2-3 years. LTSB builds adhere to Microsoft's traditional support policy which was in effect before Windows 10: They are not updated with new features, and are supported with critical updates for 10 years after their release. Microsoft officially discourages the use of LTSB outside of "special-purpose devices" that perform a fixed function and thus do not require new user experience features. As a result, it excludes Windows Store, most Cortana functionality, and most bundled apps (including Microsoft Edge).[9][1][3] According to a Microsoft announcement, this branch will be renamed Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) in 2019, to match the name changes mentioned above.[10]" (1)

(1) [ See Sunheading titled: "Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)" ]

"Windows 10 editions"

January 7, 2019 | 07:44 AM - Posted by Odin (not verified)

Never ever since windows 10 came out have I heard a peep from Cortana and this is on at least 6 PCs and laptops I own(ed), Pro or Home. What gives?

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