RECOMMENDED: Click here to fix Windows errors and optimize system performance
When you search the Windows 10 Start menu, the results are extracted from your computer and Bing. While this may be convenient, there are several advantages to disabling Bing from the Windows 10 Start menu: You can navigate search results much more easily (because they are limited to items on your computer) and reduce the workload of opening the Start menu when your computer is on the slow side. Ready to turn off Bing? We will help you throughout the process.
By default, Windows 10 sends everything you search for in the Start menu to its servers to give you the results of the Bing search – so make sure you don’t type anything private in the Start menu on your own PC. You can also simply disable Bing integration in the Start menu.
To disable the Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu
- Open the Start menu (or press the Windows key) and search for “regedit” (without quotation marks). Execute the regedit command by pressing Enter or by double-clicking on the search result.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the next key in the left sidebar.
- Now right-click on the Search option and create a new DWORD value (32 bits). Name the new value BingSearchEnabled.
- Double-click on the BingSearchEnabled value to open its properties. Make sure that the value of the data is set to 0, normally it should be 0 by default, but if it is not changed, change it and press OK.
- The right sidebar should display another value called CortanaConsent. Double-click to open the properties and set the value data to 0. If you do not see CortanaConsent, create it using the same method as described in step 3.
Optimization of Cortana settings
Unfortunately, Microsoft has combined the results of the Bing search with those of Cortana, so that with this setting, you lose the new Windows 10 language assistant. If you agree, follow these steps:
- Press the Win button to open the Start menu.
- Search for “Cortana & Search Settings” and select the displayed option.
- Disable Cortana with the first switch in the menu.
- Once Cortana is disabled, you should see an option called “Search Online and Add Web Results”. Disable this option.
Once you have done this, your Start menu should display only the results for your local computer. This should make your Start menu slightly less overloaded, as well as slightly faster on some older machines.
Group policy configurations do not currently work.
It is interesting to note that although group policy configurations are available, they do not disable Web Bing search results. The settings are:
- Do not browse the web or display web results.
- Do not allow web searching
To be honest, Microsoft should either delete the Bing search or offer users an option to disable it. The registry editing works, but it’s still a little dangerous for beginners.
RECOMMENDED: Click here to troubleshoot Windows errors and optimize system performance
CCNA, Web Developer, PC Troubleshooter
I am a computer enthusiast and a practicing IT Professional. I have years of experience behind me in computer programming, hardware troubleshooting and repair. I specialise in Web Development and Database Design. I also have a CCNA certification for Network Design and Troubleshooting.