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Speed up your Start Menu by disabling Web Search

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I ran into a great tip yesterday on X, that is too good not to pass on and also to serve as a reminder for myself next time I install Windows:

And yeah, it really is a huge improvement! I've occasionally had issues with delayed opening of the start menu or sometimes the menu not opening at all and requiring multiple hits of the Windows key - even on an otherwise blazing fast machine. It's always been kind of random, and it makes sense now that it was probably tied to a temporary slow or high latency Internet connection.

Well, no more. With the simple registry hack the start menu now pops up instantly and there are no more 'misses'.

Note that setting this key will turn off Web search in the start menu, so if you want to use Web Search in the Start Menu, don't use this hack. Personally, I never want to see a Web search in the start menu, I just want the thing to be as fast as possible so I can drive search driven access to programs, folders and other resources on my local machine. I'll use a Web browser when I want a Web search - thank you very much!

Setting the Registry Value

Here's what that looks like in the registry:

Disable Bing Search In The Registry

To set the key via Powershell:

New-ItemProperty HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search -Name "BingSearchEnabled" -Value "0" -PropertyType dword

or use a .reg file or copy and paste the key directly into the registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Leaving this here, mainly as a point of reference for future me for the next time I install Windows...

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The Voices of Reason


Jon Sagara
May 04, 2024

# re: Speed up your Start Menu by disabling Web Search

Hi Rick,

I saw this little tool making the rounds this week, too:




May 07, 2024

# re: Speed up your Start Menu by disabling Web Search

Great tip! It's annoying it's a setting that requires a registry change which is often a locked down for business laptops. oh well.

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