Disable Web Search in Windows 10 version 1803

Windows 10 comes with a new feature called "Cortana". It is a digital assistant which is integrated with the search feature. Windows 10 has a search box in the taskbar, which can be used to launch Cortana and perform the search by keyboard or by voice. Once you type something in the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar, search results show but web search results are mixed with local search results, Store apps and content from Bing. Here is how to disable Internet and Store apps from being searched via the taskbar.


In Windows 10 versions prior to April 2018 Update version 1803, it was relatively easy to get rid of the web search feature. Depending on the OS version, there was an option in Cortana, a Registry tweak, or something like that. Regardless of the version, you could enforce the Group Policy option to disable web search.

This has changed in Windows 10 version 1803. Intentionally or not, Microsoft has broken the Group Policy tweaks, which makes disabling the web search feature a nightmare for advanced users and system administrators. While Enterprise or Education versions of Windows 10 version 1803 are not affected, consumer editions (Home and Pro) can't have the web search disabled.

The polices which do not work any more are the following:

  • 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 metered connections

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update 1803 Affected Web Search Policies

There is an alternative method which you can use to get rid of the web search feature in Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

To disable web search in Windows 10 version 1803, do the following.

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value BingSearchEnabled.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Leave its value data as 0.
  4. Now, create a new DWORD value (32-Bit) named AllowSearchToUseLocation and also leave its value data as 0.
  5. Finally, create a new 32-bit DWORD value CortanaConsent and leave its value data as 0.
  6. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

You are done. Setting these values to 0 will prevent Windows 10 from showing online search results in the Cortana pane and reduce the search lag.

To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. The app supports all versions of Windows 10 and disables the web search feature reliably.

Winaero Tweaker 0.10 Disable Web Search

Download Winaero Tweaker from here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

That's it.

Source: Ghacks.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Disable Web Search in Windows 10 version 1803”

  1. Microsoft tries forcing Cortana everywhere…

    Won’t it be fun when the embedded brain microchips start rolling out? Who needs choices when Artificial Intelligence bots from Google/Microsoft/Apple/Facebook/Amazon can directly reprogram people’s brains?

  2. I actually use Cortana mostly for web searching. It’s very hand to see some results in the mini edge fly-out instead of opening a full browser window.

    I use Bing more then google these days anyways. Not because MS is trying to force it on me but because I can’t use google while connected to my VPN without completing one of their insanely complex 5 stage captchas every single f**cking time. /rage

    My problem is I always have to manually click on the choices it gives me as many of my searches begin with “how do i” and the top result I always get is “How does it feel” by Avril Lavigne. So if I hit the enter key, winamp opens instead of edge ;)~

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