I just installed Windows 10 Pro (version 10.0.19041) and I noticed that the “Start menu” search (the one you get when you hit the Windows button on the keyboard and start typing) searches the internet, despite me having disabled this.
What I tried before came from this question:
How to disable internet search results in start menu post Creators Update?
I updated the following in the registry:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSearch] "BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000 "AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000 "CortanaConsent"=dword:00000000
and I updated the following in the Local Group Policy Editor:
Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
- Allow Cortana: Disabled
- Do not allow web search: Enabled
- Don’t search the web or display web results in Search: Enabled
Then I restarted the computer. Although initially this did work and the search no longer connected to the internet, now (maybe since a Windows update was installed?) it is searching again, I think through Bing since that is the logo it is displaying underneath the search results.
The ellipsis-menu in the search app says
Build: 2020.06.03.6245959, in case that is relevant?
Edit: The reason I ask this is because I consider this a privacy issue. I press the windows key to start applications (which I find much faster and convenient than using my touchpad), but I don’t want every keystroke to be sent to the internet.