How to disable search in windows

November 21, 2020 By Admin

Here in this article , i will tell you how to disable windows 10 search services. If you disable windows 10 search , the search indexing and caching functionality will be disabled. Although windows 10 search will still function. Most of the times , it is done to improve windows 10 performance as windows 10 search services eats up a lot of memory in background. Lets see how to disable it.

Disable windows 10 search temporarily

Step 1 – Open command prompt as administrator. To Open Command prompt as admin, search cmd in windows 10 search and right click on the search result and click on run as administrator.

How to disable search in windows

Step 2 – Execute the command given below.

How to disable search in windows

Note – This only disables it temporarily and it starts itself again as soon as windows reboot next time. To start it manually again execute the command:-

Disable windows 10 search permanently

Step 1 – Search services.msc in windows 10 taskbar search.

Step 2 – Click on services .

How to disable search in windows

Step 3 – Now, find windows search entry from the list.

Step 4 – Double click on it. Choose startup type as disabled from the dropdown.

Step 5 – Click on stop . Finally press OK .

How to disable search in windows

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How to disable search in windows That little demon circled by me. That useless resource-hogging perverse modern app, everytime I start my computer, it autostarts, consumes lots of RAM and CPU until it reaches 50% CPU usage and gets suspended by the system.

I really am very literate in computer sciences, I have literally no use of all the garbages like Windows Search, Search App and Cortana. That annoying little monster just won’t die, everytime I kill it, it restarts, reconsumes precious system resources until it gets satisfied with 50% CPU usage and lets itself be suspended. It just won’t stay dead.

Here are what I have tried (and failed) to kill it so far:

1.Windows Settings How to disable search in windows

As you see, I have already disabled Cortana, yet the command line shows it is started by Cortana.

2.Services.msc How to disable search in windows

See that service highlighted in blue and enclosed by red rectangle? That is WSearch, properly disabled.

3.gpedit.msc Currently Search folder is somehow missing in gpedit.msc Windows Components, downloaded(& installed) Administrative Templates for Windows 10 20H2, didn’t work, found gpsvc wasn’t running and fixed it and restarted but still can’t find Search folder so no screenshot, but I did disable search and specifically “Allow Cortana”, but I still can’t disable Search app.

So there is only one last option that I can think of but haven’t tried yet: deleting C:WindowsSystemAppsMicrosoft.Windows.Search_* folder and be done with it? But I don’t want to get more trouble than I already have, and I run:

Frequently, although these commands almost never fixed any issue I wanted it to fix(about once in 50 times or so), they do a good job fixing things I wanted to get rid of(don’t ask me how would I know), and that demon is in C:Windows I am pretty sure it will be fixed.

So what is the smart way to prevent that demon located at that path from ever running again without deleting that folder?

Update: I have found out I have disabled SearchEngine-Client-Package by:

So that explains why Search folder is mssing in gpedit.msc, but OMG, what is this Search App? Why is it still there even after I have disabled SearchEngine-Client-Package? What exactly does Windows ComponentsSearch group policy folder affect? Why after I have disabled SearchEngine-Client-Package Windows Search, Search App and Cortana are still there?

And the Search app, it is UWP as its name, folder path and icon all suggest, yet when I run:

There is no Microsoft.Windows.Search_* How can I kill this nasty pest?

Update: I have tried gpedit.msc Software Restriction Policies to disable Search App, but somehow it isn’t working. How to disable search in windows

I have properly set the software restriction policy to prevent Search App from running, and restarted, but it does nothing, Search App is still there, so it Edge Auto-Update. How can I disable Search App. I hate Microsoft.

Update: Now I have tried AppLocker, I found this by myself. How to disable search in windows I am going to restart my computer one more time, will it do its job or fail again?

Confirmed, Software Restriction Policies and AppLocker literally do nothing, gpsvc is running, but somehow the policies aren’t being enforced at all.

Now I am trying to use Security Options: How to disable search in windows How to disable search in windows

Maybe I will bust the system. But I do have a USB Flash Drive Windows Preinstall Environment to clean reinstall Windows.

How can I disable Search App.

Finally I have got this:

Finally! I then ran:

Which gives me this error message:

How can I disable Search App? I really really don’t need it. Or use it at all.

Windows Search is an important tool when using your Windows PC. It works by using your preferred indexing options to help you find what you need. The indexing process runs in the background, just sort of writing a table of contents for the files that you have kept on your computer. It does this so that when you go and type in something into the search bar, it knows where to look to find what you need quickly.

Want to disable Windows Search but still find files quickly? See what Lookeen can do.

While indexing speeds up the search process, it may take up a lot of system resources from your computer, so you may contemplate disabling Windows Search for this and maybe other reasons. Continue reading to find out how to disable Windows Search in Windows 8 and 10.

Disabling Windows Search in Windows 8 and Windows 10

First, check if you have Windows Search service running from your Task Manager: Look for Microsoft Windows Search Indexer in the list, then expand using the small arrow to find Windows Search.

How to disable search in windows

To temporarily stop the service, right-click and select Stop —next time you start up your computer, it will start running once again. This is great if the indexing process is affecting work you’re doing now, but doesn’t generally cause any trouble otherwise.

If you want to disable Windows Search permanently then follow these steps:

How to disable search in windows

  • In Windows 8, go to your Start Screen. In Windows 10 just enter the Start Menu.
  • Type msc into the search bar.
  • Now the services dialog box will open up
  • In the list, look for Windows Search, right-click and choose Properties
  • Under the General tab within the Properties box, look where it says Startup Type
  • The Startup Type is always set to automatic, this is where you open the drop down menu and choose Disabled. Click Apply
  • Restart your computer.

These steps should disable Windows Search completely, and remove the Windows Search bar from your Start Screen/Start Menu.

How to disable search in windows

Re-Enabling Windows Search

If you want to re-enable the Windows Search Service, obviously searching for services.msc will no longer work. Here are a few ways to return to the Services window without searching for it:

How to disable search in windows

Use the Windows Key + R shortcut to open the Run dialogue, then type services.msc.

How to disable search in windows

Go to Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and navigate to the Services tab. Right click on any service and click Open Services.

From the Services manager, you simply reverse the previous process:

  • Find Windows Search in the list
  • Right click and select Properties
  • In the General tab, next to Startup type: select Automatic or another startup type.
  • Click Apply and restart your computer

Disable Windows 7 Search

You can also disable Windows 7 search. The steps may be fairly similar, but it’s best to follow the following instructions if you are using Windows 7, and not 8 or 10, and want windows search disabled. Here’s what you need to do:

1. The first step is to click Start and head right into your Control Panel.

2. It might be easier if you choose to view the icons within Control Panel in Large Icons View, and then click where it says Programs and Features.

How to disable search in windows

3. Within Programs and Features, click on Turn Windows features on or off which is found on the left hand panel.

How to disable search in windows

4. Find Windows Search in the list, and uncheck the box next to it.

How to disable search in windows

5. A message will pop up that will ask for confirmation that you want to continue. Click Yes.

How to disable search in windows

6. Back in the features window, click OK.
7. Another window will pop up, showing the progress of the changes you just made, then another that will require you to restart your system.

How to disable search in windows

Once you start your computer up again, you will see that the search box is gone from the Start Menu – meaning that you have successfully disabled Windows 7 search.

That’s all there is! As you see, it’s pretty easy to disable Windows Search, and get it up and running again if you decide you want it back.

Updated 25.04.16 to include instructions for Windows 7

Date: 11. Feb 2016
Author: Joana Simoes
Tags: Indexing Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows Search

How to disable search in windows

Windows 10 practically puts a web browser in your search panel that enthrones Microsoft Bing. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry because Microsoft allows you to disable Bing search in Windows 10 Start Menu with a new Registry setting.

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.

By disabling Bing in Windows 10 Search, 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.

If you want to disable Bing in newer versions of Windows 10, you need to use a new value called “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”. This is because Microsoft has retired the “BingSearchEnabled” value and it no longer works in newer versions.

How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu

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

  1. Create a backup of Registry.
  2. Open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in Windows Search.
  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.
    How to disable search in windows
  6. By default, Explorer folder would be empty. You need to right-click inside the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    How to disable search in windows
  7. Name the value “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”.
  8. Set the value to ‘1’ to disable both Bing and ads in Search.
    How to disable search in windows
  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.

How to disable Bing search in older versions of Windows 10

To disable Bing search in Windows 10 version 1909, 1903 or older, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in Start Menu.
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSearch
  3. Right-click the Search folder.
  4. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Set the value to “BingSearchEnabled”.
  6. Right-click on the “BingSearchEnabled value or double click on it.
  7. Open its properties dialog.
  8. Set the value to “0” and click OK to continue.
  9. In the right pane, you will see “CortanaConsent” value.
  10. Change CortanaConsent value to “0”.

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

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 search.

How to disable search in windows

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

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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Follow the steps and check:

Right-click on Taskbar and you’ll get options to show or hide Search icon, Search box and Task View buttons on Taskbar:

Just uncheck desired option to remove Search box, Search icon or Task View button from Taskbar in Windows 10.

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Until yesterday Desktop Search was working fine on my desktop machine. Today all I get is a black rectangle with small blue dots travelling across the top after I enter a search term (that is, the blue dots appear after I enter the search term, the results box is permanently black)

I attach a screenshot:

Almost immediately after posting the above I had to restart my machine after resolving another issue (permissions related) caused by yet another windows update. After the restart my Desktop Search returned to normal operation.

I’m not sure that I like being an unofficial Beta-Tester.

One day later. Another update arrives. Restart machine and we’re back to the black screen of no search again. I’ll try re-restarting to see if that helps. – It took 3 restarts before things returned to normal

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This is the exact same screen I continue to get while trying to type. No one has offered a solution.

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Thank you for updating us on the issue.

To understand the issue better, I would suggest you to turn off the Cortana and Search online option and check if the issue still persist.

For now I recommend you to run indexing troubleshooter and check if it helps. Follow the below steps.

Press Windows + X keys on the keyboard and select Control Panel.

Type Troubleshooting on the search bar on the Control Panel.

Type indexing on the search bar and click on click on search and indexing.

Click on Advanced on the search and indexing dialog box and click on Run as administrator (Enter the credentials if required).

Click on Next and follow onscreen instruction complete the indexing troubleshooter.

Hope it this helps. If you need further assistance with Windows, let us know and will be glad to help.


I am trying to setup a Windows 10 Enterprise local policy to prevent all searching from being done for a local user on a stand alone computer. Below are the policies (for the specific user), services and registry settings entered in the system

All the search is disabled except for taskbar search. I hide it by right clicking the taskbar, clicking search and select hidden. This only hides the search in the taskbar but not searching the computer. When I click the start button and start typing, it still performs a search. I can type explorer and it still comes up and I can click it to run it.

Anybody know how to disable searching completely?

  • User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesControl PanelPersonalization
    • Set Enable screen server as Disabled
    • Set Password protect the screen as Not Configured
  • User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesStart Menu and Taskbar
    • Set Remove All Programs list from the Start Menu as Enabled and set the action Remove and disable setting
    • Set Remove Search link from Start Menu as Enabled
    • Set Remove Search Computer link as Enabled
    • Set Remove Run Menu from Start Menu as Enabled
    • Set Remove Favorites menu from Start Menu as Enabled
    • Set Remove common program groups from Start Menu as Enabled
    • Set Remove See More Results/Search Everywhere link as Enabled
    • Set Do not search internet as Enabled
    • Set Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts as Enabled
    • Set Do not search for files as Enabled
    • Set do not search communications as Enabled
  • User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesAllSettings
    • Set Prohibit access to Control Panel and Settings as Enabled
  • User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystemCtrl+Alt+Del Option
    • Set Remove Task Manager setting as Enabled

The following Services were Stopped and set as Disabled:

  • Windows Update
  • Windows Search

The LUA was disabled in the registry

  • In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion PoliciesSystem
    • set EnableLUA = 0

Some people think that the Bing search features of Windows 10 are quite cool while others (including me) think that these features are completely annoying. Whenever you search for a file/folder on your Windows 10 search field, Mr.Bing pops-up with unnecessary suggestions from the Internet.

There are serious downsides to having Bing enabled in your Windows 10 search. First of all, it searches both your PC and web for your query which increases the work-load and makes things slower. Second, it makes it slow for you to sift through the search results.

There used to be a toggle on/off option for doing this in the previous versions of Windows, but Microsoft removed that in the October 2018 update . But, you don’t have to worry because there’s another simple and effective way to disable Bing search in Windows 10.

Caution: This method requires you to edit your Windows Registry, so you better backup both your Registry and your entire system to be safe in case of any issues.

Disable Bing Search in Windows 10

Open the Start menu (or press the Windows key) and search for “regedit” (without quotes). Run the regedit command by pressing enter or double-clicking the search result.

How to disable search in windows

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key from the left sidebar.


How to disable search in windows

Now, right-click the Search option and create a new DWORD (32-Bit) Value. Name the new value as BingSearchEnabled .

How to disable search in windows

Double-click the BingSearchEnabled value to open its properties. Make sure the value data is set to 0. Normally, it should be 0 by default, but if it doesn’t then change it and hit OK.
How to disable search in windows

In the right sidebar, you should see another value named CortanaConsent . Double-click to open its properties and set its value data to 0 as well. If you don’t see CortanaConsent , then create it by following the same method as mentioned in Step 3 .

How to disable search in windows

Close the Registry Editor and test your Windows search. Bing search should now be disabled in all your Windows 10 searches. It should only show you local results.

How to disable search in windows

If it isn’t working then restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

What if I want to enable Bing in Windows 10 again?

Not a problem! You can easily do so by following the same steps again, but instead of setting the values to 0 for both CortanaConsent and BingSearchEnabled , you need to set their value data to 1. Doing so will re-enable Bing search in Windows 10.

Make Start menu search use Google

So, you want to keep the search feature on in Windows 10, but instead of using Bing, you want to use Google for your searches. Fortunately, that’s very easy to do as well. All you have to do is download an extension for your browser, Chrometana for Google Chrome or Bing to Google for Firefox.

These extensions work in the background and send all your searches to Google instead of Bing.

Should you keep the Bing search in Windows enabled?

This totally depends on what you need. If you only want to use the Windows search feature for local searches then it’s better to keep the Bing search turned off as it slows down the entire process.

However, if you want to carry out all your local and web-based searches directly from your Windows Start menu then you should keep it enabled.

In the end

If you are tired of the slow search process in the Start menu search bar then you need to turn the web-based search off. Just use it to carry out local searches and it will be lightning fast.

Feel free to let us know how you use the search menu in Windows, local or online?

When Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system in 2015, it merged the local search functionality with the digital assistant Cortana and also Bing Search.

Cortana has since been revamped completely and cut from many parts of the operating system, but Bing Search is still integrated. Run a search for something, and you may get local and remote results. There has never been an option to switch the search engine.

Some users may like the feature, as it may speed up certain look-ups or operations; others dislike it, as the local input is submitted to Microsoft servers. Bing is also not the best of search engines outside of the United States, and especially for non-English speaking countries.

How to disable search in windows

The remote functionality of Windows 10 Search’s was the cause for several issues in the past. Users ran into CPU spikes in 2019, and saw a blank box only for some time in 2020.

Up to Windows 10 version 1909, administrators could set a Registry key, BingSearchEnabled, to turn off Bing Search functionality in Search. Microsoft removed the Registry key in Windows 10 version 2004. According to Windows Latest, a new option is now available to disable the Web Search functionality of the Windows Start Menu.

Disable Bing Search in Windows 10

How to disable search in windows

  1. Note that you need to have elevated rights to edit the Registry. If you use a standard user account, check the addendum below this list.
  2. Create a backup of the Registry just in case.
  3. Open the Start Menu, type regedit.exe, and load the Registry Editor result that is displayed to you.
  4. Go to the Registry key ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
  5. Check if a subkey Explorer exists.
    1. If the key exists, go to 6) below.
    2. If it does not exist, right-click on Windows, select New > Key, and name it Explorer.
  6. Right-click on Explorer and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
    1. Name it DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.
    2. Double-click on it and set its value to 1
  7. Restart Windows, sign-out and on again, or kill the Search process in the Task Manager to complete the process.

You can restore Web search functionality by deleting the Dword DisableSearchBoxSuggestions using the Registry Editor.


Günter Born notes that the guide mentioned above works only for users signed-in as administrators. Additionally, users may set the Dword value DisableSearchBoxSuggestions to 1 to disable it.

The steps are slightly different for standard users because of this:

  1. Open the Registry Editor with elevated rights.
  2. You find the relevant path under HKEY_USERS, and need to identify the correct account. Born suggests that you start the Registry Editor as the actual user first and create a simple key under HKEY_CURRENT_USER, e.g. Martin, for identification purposes.
  3. Follow the path to SOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows, e.g. HKEY_USERSS-1-5-1- SOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
  4. Create the Explorer key under Windows.
  5. Add the Dword (32-bit) Value DisableSearchBoxSuggestion under Explorer.
  6. Set its value to 1.

When you run a search now on Windows 10, you should get local results only. The quick search suggestions, e.g. to run a search for weather, are also no longer listed when you open the Start Menu on the system.

How to disable search in windows

Disabling Bing Search in Windows 10 has several benefits: it is better for privacy, and it eliminates a cause for search issues on the system.

Using the Group Policy Editor

You can make the modifications on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise versions using the Group Policy Editor.

  1. Open Start, type gpedit.msc, right-click on the result and select Run as Administrator.
  2. Go to User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsFile explorer
  3. Locate and open Turn off display of recent search entries in the File explorer search box.
  4. Enable the policy.
  5. Restart Windows.

Now You: What is your take on the integration of web searches in Windows Search?

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2) If those don’t work then see if you can System Restore to a point before the problem began following this guide:

If the problem repeats then check which Windows Updates were installed at Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updates > Update History, uninstall them there or System Restore again, then immediately check for and block the Updates with the Hide Updates tool explained here:

3) If this was caused by a Version Update then for 10 days you can roll it back in Settings>Update & Security>Recovery and then hide it until it matures using the Hide Updates Tool which is explained more here: .

If that doesn’t work you can also Go Back in Repair Mode as shown here:

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