Completely disable Web Search in Windows 10 using Group Policy

Microsoft has integrated Bing web search in Windows 10/8.1, in addition to the native search available in previous Windows editions. Thus when you search for anything on your Windows computer, if you’re connected to the web, Bing web search results are displayed automatically. This is continued with Windows 10, and here Cortana – the voice assistant leads the flag.

Disable Web Search in Windows 10

Now, some users may be okay with the fact that web results are displaying additionally even when they don’t look forward to them. However, some other community of users may not be convinced with this fact. The reason behind this could be unnecessary data consumption by your system to fetch web search results. Thus, if you also belong to the latter community of users, you may want to disable web search results completely from being displayed in Windows 10.

Here is what you need to do:

Disable Web Search Results in Windows 10

1. In Windows 10/8.1; Pro & Enterprise Editions, press Windows Key + R combination, type put gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

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2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate here:

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

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3. Moving on, on the right side of the above-shown window and scroll down to look for Settings named Do not allow web search and Don’t search the web or display web results in Search. Both of these are Not Configured by default. Double click on any one of them:

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4. Finally, in the above-shown window, select Enabled and click Apply followed by OK. Enable the other Setting in a similar way. Close Local Group Policy Editor now. Reboot the machine to make changes effective.

After restarting the machine, you’ll find that web search results are no longer displayed. In case, if you later want to get web search results, simply restore both policies to Not Configured status.

That’s it!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

6 Comments

  1. Farmers (Mansfield)

    The instructions don’t state how to do this in Home versions.

  2. Donn

    Do this again after windows 10 comes out.

  3. Bero

    Tried this solution, but Windows still displays Bing results in the startmenu-search.

    The only thing that really helped was blocking Bing’s IP Address (204.79.197.200) in the firewall

  4. Nalin

    Hi, Thanks for this post. Trying to deploy w10 in the school and I have come across a situation where no matter what I restrict you can search for powershell and run powershell ISE! can we stop the search from searching or bringing back results of std windows apps such cmd and powershell , rundll etc?
    thanks in advance.

  5. Nalin

    Hi,
    We have done this on windows 7. But same policies are ignored by Windows 10!. I think it has some way to go to be really enterprise ready.
    Please ping us if you as an MVP know any tricks that we are not privy to.
    Thanks.

  6. Lud a. r.

    This won’t have any effect while Cortana is active. Depending on your location, you may need to disable that first (also in the Group Policy editor) too.

    Windows Home users can’t use the Group Policy editor, you will have to search for equivalent registry hacks.

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