First of all, this is only for the release version of Windows 8, not the beta, not RT nor any other version. If disabling the "Bing" subsystem is not possible then maybe there is a removal process? Either way I want it to stop interfering with everything I do with and on Google.

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    How does bing 'interfere with everything I do'? It just sits out of the way for me if I don't use it.
    – ACarter
    Nov 11, 2012 at 14:47
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    You'll up-vote once it happens to you after about a week of using windows 8. Expect to wait at least 60 seconds for Gmail to load in Chrome or IE. This is serious and I can't many who have started seeing it yet. Nov 11, 2012 at 14:48
  • It is my assumption of course, since Bing is so deeply ingrained into windows 8. This does not happen in windows 7 or linux. Nov 11, 2012 at 14:50
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    Uninstalling Windows will get rid of Bing as well. You should consider that option instead, because there are other components in Windows that interfere with "stuff", like Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, etc.
    – TFM
    Nov 11, 2012 at 15:03
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    I don't understand how it is interfering? I'm using Windows 8 from 2 months and it just stays out of the way if I don't open it. This is a vague question
    – pratnala
    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:10

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Uninstall Bing?

Right-click (swipe downwards in touch) on the tile, and hit uninstall.

If it isn't pinned to start, you can do exactly the same from the 'all apps' screen.

  • Ok, I did this.. now checking to see if its "fixed" Nov 11, 2012 at 14:56
  • There is some improvement, especially in IE10; time to reboot the system in classic windows style Nov 11, 2012 at 15:02
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    @Mondain - If removing Bing broke your Windows Update then your installation is corrupt because I was able to remove Bing on my system, and it didn't affect anything.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 11, 2012 at 16:03
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    There's nothing to be scared about, everything will be kept, it just replaces your core windows files.
    – Tek
    Nov 11, 2012 at 16:54
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    Refresh has fixed the issues I was having for now, the only catch is that "refresh" deletes all your apps but it does write an html page to tell you what apps were removed with some of them having links to their sites (minus the google links). Nov 11, 2012 at 18:59

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