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Thursday, August 12, 2021

How to Disable Bing Integration in the Start Menu, the Old Way (1)

Note: These instructions apply to older versions of Windows 10, including the November 2019 Update, the May 2019 Update, and the October 2018 Update.

To start, open the Registry Editor by opening the Start menu, typing “regedit”, and pressing Enter. In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:


Registry Editor with box around Search key

Right-click the Search icon and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value BingSearchEnabled.

Registry Editor with box around BingSearchEnabled DWORD.

Double-click the new BingSearchEnabled value to open its properties dialog. The number in the “Value data” box should already be 0—just ensure it’s still 0. Click OK to continue.

DWORD properties dialog with box around Value and arrow pointing to OK button.

Below BingSearchEnabled, you should see  CortanaConsent. Double-click this value to open its properties dialog. Change its “Value Data” box to “0”.

If you don’t see CortanaConsent, create it by following the same steps you used to create BingSearchEnabled.

Registry editor with box around CortanaConsent DWORD.

You can close the Registry Editor now. If you search your start menu, you should now see only local results. If the change doesn’t take effect immediately, restart your PC.

Windows 10 desktop with Start Menu search and no Bing web results

If you want web search results back, all you have to do is open the Registry Editor and change the BingSearchEnabled and CortanaConsent values back to 1.

File Explorer with registry files.

You can also run this registry hack instead. The change should be immediate—if it isn’t and you still see Bing results in your Start menu, restart your PC.

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