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How To Remove or Disable Web Search From Windows

One of my users come to my office and asked me how to remove or disable Web Search from Windows 8.1

If you’re running Windows 8 or Windows 10, this method is excactly the same, so let’s get started:

  • Right click on Start and choose Control panel, and then search for Group Policy to open the Locak Group Policy Editor (alternative Start and type gpedit.mcs).
  • Expand Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search.

We need to enable two policies, Do not allow web search and Don’t search the web or display web results in Search.

To enable a policy, Right click and select Edit. In the policy editing window, select the Enabled radio button, then click Apply and then OK.

Local Policy Search

Close the Local Group Policy Editor Window and from now when you use the Search bar, the search will show only local results.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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