How to Disable Web Search Results in Start Menu on Windows 10

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People like the fact that Start Menu made its return in Windows 10 Technical Preview. But what they don’t like is the fact that it shows web results from Bing whenever you try to search for some local program or service on your computer.
How To Disable Web Search Results In Start Menu On Windows 10
Microsoft designed the the Start Menu search to search for local content on your computer, but also for an online content on the internet. That’s how Start Menu is created and Microsoft didn’t include any options of changing it. But a lot of people disagree with this Microsoft’s decision, because they want to use Start Menu search only for searching the local content, because they use regular browsers for surfing.

But although Microsoft didn’t include the option of turning off web results in the Start Menu, there are a few system tweaks that will allow you to do that.

Disable Cortana

Some users who tried to solve this problem reported that their problems with web search results in Start Menu was gone after they disabled Cortana. You can try with this solution first, but we cannot guarantee that it will work on every computer. To disable Cortana, do the following:

  1. Right click on Taskbar
  2. Select Search Option
  3. Under Search Option, select Disable

Cortana is now disabled, but if you’re still getting web results in your Start Menu search, you may try some other listed solutions.

Change Windows Policies

You can also try to change a couple of Windows policies in order to disable web search results from Start Menu, to do that, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Search, type group policy editor and open Edit group policy
  2. Now navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
  3. Enable the following policies:
    • Do not allow web search
    • Don’t search the web or display web results in Search
    • Don’t search the web or display web results in Search over…

Some users also suggest that disabling Bing in Windows Firewall might help, but we’re not sure if it will work, since Microsoft uses various servers for various regions.

That would be all, if you have some suggestions, or maybe other solutions, please write them down in the comments.

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