Windows 10 start bar cleanup, uninstall Cortana and remove Bing search November 2020

This works in mid November 2020 on a fresh install with latest updates.
Sadly I invested in a desktop with genuine Windows 10, despite not actually liking Windows or anything Microsoft do. I couldn’t justify getting involved in Macbook pros this time around. This is one of my favourite tasks after installing Windows, the declutter.

Uninstall Cortana

Run PowerShell as administrator and enter

Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage

Get rid of bing search in start bar

Open Windows Registry Editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

If there is no “/explorer”

  1. When in the Windows directory in regedit, right-click on ‘Windows’ directory in the left-hand filetree and click New > Key¬† and name it Explorer.
  2. Right-click the new ‘Explorer’ in the tree and New > DWORD (32-bit value) called DisableSearchBoxSuggestions
  3. Double-click on ‘DisableSearchBoxSuggestions’ and set ‘Value data’ to 1
  4. Reboot.

Remove Tiles

Right click on all of the tiles

General appearance

  1. Hit Start > Type Start Settings
  2. Do this
  3. Personalization > Colors > Choose your colour: Dark, Transparency Effects: Off

And then turn off as much as possible at startup and remove the junk windows apps in the Microsoft store, though that won’t remove them from the start bar. Maybe then go to explorer properties and enable ‘File Name Extensions’, and ‘Hidden Items’

End result

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