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.

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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 at 22:36

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 at 0:52
  • @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 at 19:29
  • 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 at 20:35

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 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 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 at 13:53

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