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How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 start menu


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One of the features of the Windows 10 start menu is a built-in Bing search when a local search doesn’t find anything. Whether for privacy reasons, bugs, or just personal annoyance, this article will explain how to disable Bing search in the Start Menu.

When you perform a search in the Windows 10 Start menu, Windows will first look for local search results, such as settings, files, or programs, and display any that are found.

If there are no local results, Windows will perform a Bing search for the search keyword and display the results in the start menu as shown below.

Blank search results in Start Menu Blank search results in start menu

When you sign in to a Microsoft account, these searches will be uploaded to Microsoft, which will list them in your account’s privacy panel. This is a privacy concern for fear that Microsoft will use this data to track your browsing habits.

There have also been bugs in the Bing search component in the past that have caused the Windows 10 start menu to appear completely blank. If you don’t use the Bing search feature, turning it off could prevent those errors in the future.

Below we have described two methods that can be used to disable Bing search in Windows 10 start menu.

How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 start menu

Unfortunately, for those who want to disable Bing search in the start menu, Microsoft does not provide an easy method to do so.

Instead, Windows users need to modify the registry so that it uses the following registry values.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\N-SoftwareNMicrosoftNWindowsNVersión ActualN-Búsqueda]

“CortanaConsent”=dword:00000000

“BingSearchEnabled”=dword:00000000

For those of you who are comfortable editing the Registry, we have instructions on how to set the appropriate values ​​using Registry Editor.

For those who are not comfortable with Registry tweaks, please see method 2 which contains an easy to use pre-made Registry file that does the tweaking for you.

Method 1: Use Registry Editor to disable Bing integration

If you don’t want to use the ready-made registry file, you can disable Bing integration in Windows Search through Registry Editor.

  1. First, open the Windows Registry Editor by pressing the key Windows + R key at the same time. This will open the Run dialog: and then type regedit and press the button okay .
    Starting Registry Editor Start the registry editor

  2. Windows will display a UAC prompt asking if you want to allow Registry Editor to make system changes. Press the button Yes to continue.

  3. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USERN-SoftwareNMicrosoftWindowsNCurrent VersionN-Search .

  4. Right-click on Seek and select New and later DWORD (32-bit) value as it’s shown in the following.
    New DWORD value New DWORD value

  5. You will be prompted to enter the name of the new value. Writes BingSearchEnabled and press Enter on the keyboard. A new value will be created which should be automatically set to 0 . If not, double click BingSearchEnabled and put the value to 0 and then press the button okay .

  6. Now look under the search key for a value called CortanaConsent . When you find the value, double click on it and set its value to 0 and then press the button okay to save it. If the CortanaConsent value does not exist, create it using the steps above and set its value to 0.

  7. When you’re done, you should have the CortanaConsent and BingSearchEnabled values ​​created and set to 0.

  8. You can now close Registry Editor and restart Windows Explorer or restart your computer.

Once restarted, Bing search will no longer work in the Windows 10 start menu.

Bing Search disabled Bing search disabled

Method 2: Use the pre-made registry file to disable Bing search

To make it easier for you, BleepingComputer has created a Registry file that you can use to import the required changes to your Registry.

To use this log file to disable Bing search, please follow these steps:

  1. Download disable-bing-search.reg to your computer. Once downloaded, double click on the file.

  2. When you double-click the file, Windows 10 will display a UAC prompt asking if you want to allow Registry Editor to make changes to your system. Click the button Yes to continue.

  3. You will now be shown a Registry Editor message asking if you want to continue. Please click the button Yes to configure the required registry values.
    Registry Editor confirmation prompt Registry Editor confirmation message

  4. You must now restart your computer or restart Windows Explorer for these changes to take effect.

Once restarted, Bing search will no longer work in the Windows 10 start menu.

Re-enable Bing integration

If you want to enable Bing search in the start menu in the future, you can simply download the registry file enable-bing-search.reg.

This registry file will clear the value BingSearchEnabled and will set the value CortanaConsent a one under the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSearch .

Once downloaded, you can double-click the file to import your changes and restart Windows to enable Bing again.

Although I strongly suggest that you use the pre-made registry file for ease of use and to avoid errors, you can also make these changes via Registry Editor.

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