Some days ago, my Windows 10 Search icon stopped working.
It began to work again when Bing servers were fixed.
This event rose some questions:
- Do I really need Bing services on my Windows Search?
- Did I ever use them?
The answer is: no.
I am using it as a sort of shortcut to start installed programs.
When I need to use any of the Bing/Google services, I usually do it from my browser.
A friend of mine has found out how to disable Bing services.
Start Registry Editor and go to:
and add the following DWORD key:
and set it to 0 to disable it (or 1 to switch it on again)
You can also set it, into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE equivalent, to disable/enable it system-wide (ie for all users)