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Monday, 05 October 2020 21:34

How to disable Bing Search in Windows 10 version 2004 and newer

Author:   [Source: This article was published in ghacks.net By Martin Brinkmann]

When Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system in 2015, it merged the local search functionality with the digital assistant Cortana and also Bing Search.

Cortana has since been revamped completely and cut from many parts of the operating system, but Bing Search is still integrated. Run a search for something, and you may get local and remote results. There has never been an option to switch the search engine.

Some users may like the feature, as it may speed up certain look-ups or operations; others dislike it, as the local input is submitted to Microsoft servers. Bing is also not the best of search engines outside of the United States, and especially for non-English speaking countries.

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Tip: if you rely on local results, check out this guide to manage search index locations in Windows 10. If you run into troubles, use Microsoft's Windows 10 Search Indexer Diagnostics app.

The remote functionality of Windows 10 Search's was the cause for several issues in the past. Users ran into CPU spikes in 2019, and saw a blank box only for some time in 2020.

 

Up to Windows 10 version 1909, administrators could set a Registry key, BingSearchEnabled, to turn off Bing Search functionality in Search. Microsoft removed the Registry key in Windows 10 version 2004. According to Windows Latest, a new option is now available to disable the Web Search functionality of the Windows Start Menu.

Disable Bing Search in Windows 10

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  1. Note that you need to have elevated rights to edit the Registry.
  2. Create a backup of the Registry just in case.
  3. Open the Start Menu, type regedit.exe, and load the Registry Editor result that is displayed to you.
  4. Go to the Registry key Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
  5. Check if a subkey Explorer exists.
    1. If the key exists, go to 6) below.
    2. If it does not exist, right-click on Windows, select New > Key, and name it Explorer.
  6. Right-click on Explorer and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
    1. Name it DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.
    2. Double-click on it and set its value to 1
  7. Restart Windows, sign-out and on again, or kill the Search process in the Task Manager to complete the process.

Yoou can restore Web search functionality by deleting the Dword DisableSearchBoxSuggestions using the Registry Editor.

When you run a search now on Windows 10, you should get local results only. The quick search suggestions, e.g. to run a search for weather, are also no longer listed when you open the Start Menu on the system.

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Disabling Bing Search in Windows 10 has several benefits: it is better for privacy, and it eliminates a cause for search issues on the system.

Now You: What is your take on the integration of web searches in Windows Search?

 [Source: This article was published in ghacks.net By Martin Brinkmann - Uploaded by the Association Member: Dorothy Allen]

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