How to disable Search Results Over Metered Connections in Windows 8.1

Few days ago, we told you about the Metered Connections feature introduced in Windows 8. If you’re using the latest Windows build, i.e. Windows 8.1, you have observed that whenever you search for something, you get the web search suggestions also plus the search results also include web results. For example, we search for a program on our system, and you can see the results are from both the system and web:

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So if you’re on a Metered Connections, in order to avoid extra billing in data charges, you might like to turn of the web search integration. As we know that on a Metered Connection, the amount we have to pay is directly proportional to the data we consume after the predefined limit, so in order to avoid this, we can turn off the web integration for search feature. Here are the two ways to do this:

Disable Search Results Over Metered Connections

1. Press Windows Key + I on Desktop, click Change PC Settings in Settings charm.

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2. In the PC settings screen, in the left pane click Search and apps and then select Search, so that you reach here:

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3. Scroll down and in the right pane, look for Metered connections setting. To avoid search results over Metered Connections, you have to move the slider to left / Off for the option Get search suggestions and web results from Bing over metered connections. Finally, reboot the machine to observe the changes.

Don’t search the web or display web results in Search over metered connections

You can also use the Group Policy to do it. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

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In the left pane, navigate here:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search

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In the right pane of above shown window, look for the setting named Don’t search the web or display web results in Search over metered connections and double click on this setting to get this:

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4. For the above shown window, select Enabled then click Apply followed by OK in order to avoid web integration in search results over Metered Connections on your Windows 8.1. You may now close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

Here it is worth mentioning that following the Group Policy way, will override the manual setting method.

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