I found it annoying every time I enter something into the search box in Windows 10 all sorts of useless items that are on the Internet pop up in the menu. So, I learned how to disable the web search from the Windows 10 search box
- Open the Group Policy Editor, tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
- Browse to the following path using the left sidebar: Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
- Locate “Do not allow web search” and double-click it. Switch the preference to enabled.
- Locate “Don’t search the web or display web results in Search and double-click it. Switch the preference to enabled.
- Locate “Don’t search the web or display web results in Search over metered connections” and double-click it. Switch the preference to enabled.
However – as of Windows 10 version 1803 – this does not work any more!
If you are running Windows 10 version 1803 or later, use the following fix:
- Download this file your desktop: BlockWebSearch and rename it BlockWebSearch.reg
- Create a file named BlockWebSearch.reg on your desktop
Put the following lines into the file
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search] "BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000 "AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000 "CortanaConsent"=dword:00000000
- Double click on the file add the registry entries
Thanks to ghacks.net for the information about how to fix this issue in Windows 10 version 1803 and later.