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.
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.