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It used to be possible to disable internet search results in start menu searches before the Windows 10 Creators Update, but I've just clean installed a new Windows 10 Pro image and that setting is gone. Is there some way to disable it through editing the registry/etc?

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The article The Windows 10 spring update no longer lets you disable web search in Start - workaround reports that the following registry update is required in Windows 10 version 1803 :

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000
"AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000
"CortanaConsent"=dword:00000000

It remarks :

those entries are completely missing from the "Search" registry key, so you can safely delete them should you want to revert.

I would still recommend to at least create a system restore point before doing any registry modifications.

A reboot might be required.

User @mtd has contributed below these commands for applying the updates to the registry:

reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0
reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v AllowSearchToUseLocation /t REG_DWORD /d 0
reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v CortanaConsent /t REG_DWORD /d 0
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    Confirmed that these registry edits successfully disable the web search. The start menu wasn't turning up many search results on my local disk when I initially made those registry changes (even after restarting explorer.exe), but after a few minutes that problem resolved itself. – Drew May 27 '18 at 22:36
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    You can just kill SearchUI.exe to have this kick in. When you then open the search panel -- Win+S -- it should say "apps, files and settings". If it still states "web results", make sure you added all keys. In my case, CortanaConsent was missing. – Smiley Barry Oct 3 '18 at 1:00
  • I went through every step in maketecheasier.com/fix-windows-10-start-menu-search and was still left without working search. Disabling internet results fixed it instantly. Thanks! – Charlie Jan 21 at 5:14
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    For some reason I couldn't see BingSearchEnabled or AllowSearchToUseLocation in the register editor GUI but I was able to disable web searches by running this in cmd reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 – Charles Clayton Feb 5 at 20:01
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    @CharlesClayton Thanks for that. All three commands together are: reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v AllowSearchToUseLocation /t REG_DWORD /d 0 reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /f /v CortanaConsent /t REG_DWORD /d 0 – mtd Mar 31 at 2:48
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This has been required since Windows 10 Version 1607. Configuring the group policies below will only work if you are running Windows 10 Version 1607, Windows 10 Version 1703, or Windows 10 Version 1709. You must be running Windows 10 Professional or any applicable version of Windows 10 for these group policy changes to take effect.

  1. Start the Local Group Policy Editor
  2. The policy you’re looking for is located at

Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Search

  1. Set Allow Cortana to Disable
  2. Set Do not allow web search to Enabled
  3. Set Don't search the web or display web results in Search to Enabled
  4. Click Apply and close the policy editor
  5. Restart

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    I am aware of this accepted answer except it's not applicable to 1607 and 1703 – Ramhound Apr 7 '17 at 23:37
  • For me, killing Cortana from Task Manager --> Processes worked as an alternative to a reboot – siikamiika Mar 16 '18 at 0:52
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    @Ramhound Thank you for the update! Unfortnuately, even with these group policies the web search is still active (Win10 1803). Are there other policies that might be relevant? – Martin J.H. May 24 '18 at 19:29
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    I will investigate this more. For the time being, I have removed the changes, other then indicating the current answer is not appliciable to 1803. – Ramhound May 24 '18 at 20:35
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While @Ramhound solution and @harrymc solution are certainly the most direct, there is also a useful free third part program, that can edit many of these hidden settings, including the turning off of Internet Search in Cortana.

O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far. Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.

O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!

( Website and Direct Download )

Example of cortana settings in the program:

Cortana Settings

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And for these who is looking for disabling web search via registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

create new 32-bit DWORD value ConnectedSearchUseWeb and set it to 0

Reboot.

Reference

  • This doesn't work on Windows 10 home – Natan Yellin Feb 27 '18 at 13:43
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    @NatanYellin what if you add DisableWebSearch DWORD and set it to 1 Maybe reboot is required after all? – vanowm Feb 27 '18 at 22:39
  • Nope, that doesn't fix it either. The entire key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" didn't exist originally. I created it, added both DWORDs you mentioned, rebooted... And websearch is still enabled. – Natan Yellin Mar 1 '18 at 13:53

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