Disabling Bing Search and Cortana in Windows 11 Menu and Search Bar

Microsoft is an evil company run by a genocidal maniac and disabling as many spying features as you can is important, but Windows is a tyrant like it’s creator and so it resists these changes. That means you’ll probably need to change registry settings in two different places to truly disable Bing and Cortana from the Start Menu. Most websites only list one.

1.Use the start menu and type regedit and right click on the program to run in administrator mode and do a quick backup of the registry and save it on a usb drive to revert the changes if necessary. I’m bold so I never bother, but it’s a good practice.
2. go to the key section…
3. If it doesn’t already exist add a new under the Windows key called Explorer
4. Once created use the second panel (which is on the right to add) a new DWORD (32-bit) Value
5. Name it DisableSearchBoxSuggestions
6. Set the Value to 1

Now you’ll probably need to use the second option ALSO to wrest control of your own computer partially back.
1. While still in the registry go to another key section called HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search
2. It will probably already exist, but if it doesn’t already exist under the folder Search add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it BingSearchEnabled
4. Set the value to 0
5. Do the same thing with a DWORD named CortanaConsent setting the value to 0
6. Do the same thing with the DWORD ContanaEnabled setting the value to 0
7. You can close regedit and you may have to reboot to see the effect but for me the Bing Search was blocked right away.