the normal search feature is tied to cortana. so even if cortana is not running, search is and they go under the same process.
i think it has been separated but they may not have moved it out from under that process yet. i have not used win 10 in a long time so not sure if they are supposed to have changed this "feature" or not.
I have been trying to get "my readership" to understand that the Cortana process is related to a lot more than just (or even) the personal digital assistant function.
It is part and parcel of Windows Search. I have never even once had the personal digital assistant feature of Cortana active on any of my systems. The first thing I did back in 2015 was to "scale it back" to the behavior of plain old Windows Search.
To this day, that has not changed, through all the feature updates, but I have always had a Cortana process because I do want Windows Search to function on those rare occasions where I need to search based upon file content. Most of my searching is on file name and is done with the Everything Search by voidtools.com
i figured it was still set-up that way since i see this question here and there.
thanks for verifying. been a while so have not personally used the newer win 10 updates from the last year or so. but it was that way from the start and had not read they had changed it. i believe they said they were separating the features but seems like they still keeping them under that process name.