Windows 10 – “Search the Web”

Background

Only Microsoft can slow one’s PC Experience down to a crawl and call it better OS Integration.

Family

I was using my brother’s computer last night and noticed it was not running well, at all.

Search

Every time I access the “Search Windows” button and try to search for an application on his computer, it will show me Internet Search results.

Resolution

Outline

  1. System Restore Point
    • Create a System Restore Point
      • That way if we mess up anything we can go back to a known good state, a bungled Cortana Integration
  2. Disable Cortana Integration
    • Registry Hack
  3. Restart Your Machine
    • Please restart your machine to effect the changes

 

Options

Registry Hack

Outline

  1. Launched Registry Editor ( regedit )
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Look for branch\key that reads “Windows Search”
    • If it does not exist, please add it by right-clicking and choosing to add a new key “Windows Search”
  4. Add a new entry
    • A DWORD ( 32-bit )
    • Name it “AllowCortana”
    • Set it’s value to 0

Images

Image – After

regedit.cortana.01.20200508.0409PM.PNG

 

References

  1. EndurTech
    • How to Turn Off and Disable Microsoft’s Cortana
      Link
  2. How-To Geek
    • How to Disable Bing in the Windows 10 Start Menu
      Link
  3. laptopmag
    • Andrew E. Freedman
      • How To Disable Cortana in Windows 10
        Link
  4. groovypost
    • How to Disable Cortana and Replace It With Windows Search
      Link
  5. isumsoft
    • How to Turn off or Disable Web Results in Windows 10 Search
      Link
  6. Group Policy Home
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
      Link

 

Summary

Life is crazy; when one trusts a random guy on the Internet with protecting one’s sanity, more than one’s own OS Vendor.

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