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I am trying to disable Windows 10 start menu search web results on Windows 10 professional v2004 slow ring preview release build 19033.1.

Here is a list of things that do not work for me:

[DISABLE WINDOWS WEB SEARCH ON REGISTRY EDITOR]

I've googled how to get rid of windows 10 search web results and tried the suggested registry editor hacks on:|

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

  • Setting CortanaConsent and BingSearchEnabled to DWORD32 value 0 but they are not working.

[REWRITE ENDPOINTS]

  • I've even tried to rewrite all bing.com endpoints in windows (WTF most of them are HTTP, not HTTPS! Anyone can sniff those searchs on an unsecured WiFi network!) but they are restored on windows restart.

[REMOVE EDGE AS DEFAULT APP]

  • I've tried to restrict edge in every way I could and removing it from default apps but the bastard keeps popping up every time I make a typo while trying to search/run something on my local system.

[RESTRICT CORTANA AND EDGE USING FIREWALL RULES]

  • I've disabled windows firewall rules allowing outbound and inbound connections for Edge and Cortana. Still no effect.

Are there any other more current hacks that would work on this release?

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    Try not to modify any registry key, that may make start menu unusable. Try to block the executable in Windows Firewall. – Biswapriyo Dec 17 '19 at 17:34
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    This question is tagged as being applicable to 1903 but 19033.1 is an Insider Preview build for 2004. Are you using Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional? – Ramhound Dec 17 '19 at 17:48
  • sorry I meant 19033.1, the insider preview build of 2004. Heck, winver is confusing ^^' – NotGaeL Dec 18 '19 at 10:01
  • @Biswapro I have deactivated every firewall rulle allowing edge or cortana without any effect. Which rules should I add/remove to prevent windows search queries from going through? – NotGaeL Dec 18 '19 at 10:35
  • @Ramhond, I am using Windows 10 Professional – NotGaeL Dec 20 '19 at 8:33
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If you want to completely do away with Bing search in Start and get rid of the See web results entry and the entries under Search the web, you can accomplish this even in 2004 (and possibly newer versions) by User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer/Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box group policy or setting DisableSearchBoxSuggestions DWORD32 value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer to 1.

Ignore the name of the policy / registry entry and actually try it - you have to logout (or restart) afterwards to see the effect.

There are some side effects - the recent entries will be gone (also from File Explorer search), but if you want to have completely Bing-less Start menu search, this is the only way I know of in 2004.

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  • Sorry, that is an answer to not my question at all. I want to see suggestions and results, just not web results. Thanks for the effort, anyway. – NotGaeL Mar 8 at 8:58
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    Ignore the name of the group policy / registry value and actually try it. There are some side effects (recent entries, also in File Explorer search, will be gone), but of course search for local stuff will still work. In Start, See web results entry and web search results under Search the web will disappear, the rest will still be shown. I'm currently running 19041.113 and have no Bing search results anywhere with that group policy applied. – Jan Klos Mar 8 at 22:46
  • The solution you proposed is a non normative workaround without any warranty to remain effective but it seems the best option for the time being. It works like a charm. I did not downvote it in the first place but I initially disregarded it without even trying it, and even in case it did not work it is pretty darn unwelcoming to downvote someone who is just joining us and trying to selflessly help everyone. On behalf of the community and myself let me apologize for the cold welcome and wish you a more pleasant experience here in the future that doesn't discourage you from collaboration. – NotGaeL Mar 20 at 20:33
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    No problem. :) Glad it worked for you! And yes, the solution is not a perfect one, it seems Microsoft is doing this on purpose - and this solution might very well be an oversight... – Jan Klos Mar 23 at 22:42
  • I just tried this setting in both ways: through Group Policy and registry, but the Start menu still brings web results. – cbaldan Jun 14 at 17:25
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So far, I only found one single way to block the search from happening, not disable it. I tested all the ways to disable the search that worked with non-final 2004 version, but seems MS disabled those too. The following blog post has a script that will create 2 firewall rules, for inbound and outbound connections, and it blocked the search in the Start Menu. Although you still see the search animation going on, it will be there for ~1s and then display the following message: Preview isn't available right now..

https://winaero.com/blog/disable-web-search-in-taskbar-in-windows-10-version-2004/

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Actually I found a group policy that does exactly what is asked here: Disable web search in start menu search. It is located in

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Start Menu and Taskbar/Do not search Internet

After logging in again it is completely gone.

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    this does not work on windows 10 2004 – Juan Zamudio Jun 6 at 0:01
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    Dear god, that is unfortunate. I am still on 1909 and this really makes me not want to update – scinaty Jun 7 at 1:12
  • The Start Menu and Taskbar sub menu doesn't even show up in W10 2004. But I saw those settings scattered in other places. – cbaldan Jun 14 at 17:39

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