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October 21, 2020
Latest Windows 10 Update Allows Users to Disable Bing Permanently

Windows 10 Users can Now Disable Bing for Good (but It Requires Tweaking the Registry Settings)

The most recent build of Windows 10 comes with a delightful surprise — the ability to disable Bing, which can speed up searches…

Microsoft is rolling out the newest iteration of Windows 10. With it come the usual security tweaks and other minor changes. But, one that truly sticks out is something altogether different. The latest version of Windows 10 allows users to disable Bing. However, it’s not necessarily that straightforward of a process. Instead of being simple, it takes a bit of changing up the registry settings.

Latest Windows 10 Update Allows Users to Disable Bing Permanently

Windows 10 features a built-in configuration of the Bing search engine and is turned on by default. It’s supposed to provide a slew of useful information in a short time, and all in one place. For instance, when someone enters a query, they see a combination of web results, along with local results (which are files stored on their hard drives). Although this offers a lot of functionality, it slows down the processing time.

To disable Bing on Windows 10, users must change the registry settings. Previously, utilizing the now-defunct “BingSearchEnabled” registry value was enough. Now that this method doesn’t work — as Microsoft scrapped it with the May 2020 edition — a new “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions” registry value does almost the same thing. Of course, only people who are experienced with changing registry values should attempt this.

To disable Bing, go to into the native Registry Editor and locate Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. There, right click on the Explorer folder and create a new value named “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions,” then set the value to “1.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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