How to disable Bing as the default Windows search with the Registry tool?

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Here is how you can disable Bing as the default Windows search with the Windows 10 Registry tool?

Windows Registry Checker automatically scans the system registry for invalid entries and empty data blocks when it is started. If invalid registry entries are detected, Windows Registry Checker automatically restores a previous day’s backup. This is equivalent to running the scanreg /autorun command from a command prompt. If no backups are available, Windows Registry Checker tries to make repairs to the registry.

This is equivalent to running the scanreg /fix command from a command prompt. If the registry contains more than 500 KB of empty data blocks, Windows Registry Checker automatically optimizes it. Well, you must be knowing that Microsoft has set Bing as the default Windows search engine. 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.

The advantages of disabling Bing in Windows 10, results in improving 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 the May 2020 update, Microsoft removed the “BingSearchEnabled” value, and the newer versions of Windows get a new value called “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.” In addition, the new registry setting will also turn off ads in Windows Search as it cuts the connection to Microsoft’s Bing services. So lets follow the below steps and disable bing as the default Windows 10 search.

  1. Create a backup of the Registry.
  2. Open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in Windows Search and press Enter.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
    • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  4. If the Explorer folder is not available, then right-click on the Windows folder and create a key with the name Explorer.
  5. By default, the Explorer folder is empty. You need to right-click inside the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name the value “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”.
  7. Set the value to ‘1’ to disable both Bing and ads in Search.
  8. Close Registry Editor and restart Windows or end the ‘Search’ process in Task Manager.
  9. 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.

This is how you can disable the Bing search with the help of the Windows 10 Registry tool. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by following us on Google News.

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