Windows 10’s new Registry setting disables Bing for faster search results

Windows 10 practically puts a web browser in your search panel
that enthrones Microsoft Bing. In version 1909 or older, there
used to be a Registry setting for disabling Bing in Windows
Search, but Microsoft quietly disabled that in the May and
October 2020 updates.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry because Microsoft has
introduced another Registry setting to toggle on/off Bing
integration in Windows Search.

By disabling Bing in Windows 10, you can improve the
performance and quality of your local search results. Windows
Search panel will display your local results faster because it
doesn’t have to look for the keyword on Bing.

With May 2020 Update, Microsoft has retired “BingSearchEnabled”
value and it no longer works. If you want to disable Bing in
newer versions of Windows, you need to use a new value called

The above Registry setting will also turn off ads in Windows
Search as it cuts the connection to Microsoft’s Bing services.

Disable Bing in Windows 10 Start Menu and Search

To disable Bing integration in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Create a
    backup of Registry.
  2. Open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in Windows
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the
    following location:

  5. If the Explorer folder is not available, then right-click
    on Windows folder and create a key with the name Explorer.
    Registry Explorer folder
  6. By default, Explorer folder is empty. You need to
    right-click inside the right pane and create a new DWORD
    (32-bit) Value.
  7. Name the value “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”.
  8. Set the value to ‘1’ to disable both Bing and ads in
    Disable Bing in Search
  9. Close Registry Editor and restart Windows or end the
    ‘Search’ process in Task Manager.

If you want the Bing search results back, open Registry Editor
again and delete the Registry value
“DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”. Once deleted, reboot Windows or
end the Search process using Task Manager.

Should you disable Bing in Windows Search?

Disabling Bing integration improves the accuracy of local
search results as the work-load decreases and you’ll also
notice significant performance improvements when doing a local

Windows Search page

At the same time, when users turned off Bing integration last
a Windows Update caused high CPU usage and empty search

The bug was later fixed, but it’s another reminder that you
should be careful when tweaking Registry for core components,
such as Bing.

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