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Turn Windows Search In to Instant Internet Search Engine Google & Bing

If you are using Windows computer, you can configure your default Windows Search(WS) in start menu to conduct an instant search on Internet without opening browser and visiting Search Engines (SE). You can turn Widows Search in to your favorite SEs like Google, Bing or Yahoo and use the power of your favorite SE to Search Internet instantly using WS. Here in this tutorial you can see steps to convert default Windows Search to your favorite Internet Search Engines like Google and Bing. To do this we have to access Group Policy edit on your computer where we can configure it without any issues. This feature is supported in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

Configure Custom Instant Search Internet Search Provider On Your Computer

  1. Type gpedit.msc on Run or Search and press enter

  2. Click on User Configuration and select Administrative Templates

  3. Click on Windows Components and select Instant Search
    Use Google or Bing Search from Start Menu

  4. Double click on Custom Instant Search Internet Search Provider

  5. Select Enabled
    Convert

  6. Turn Windows Computer Search in To Google

    To convert WS on your computer to Google Instant, follow the steps below.
    1. Enter the name of the Search under "string" (Eg: My Google)

    2. Type the following string under "the URL to use when invoking the custom Internet search".

      http://www.google.com/search?q=%w

      Now click on Apply.

    3. Now type a string on WS and see if you can see the Instant Internet Search Provider.
      show Google

  7. Convert Windows Search to Bing Instant

    To convert Windows search on your computer to Bing, follow the steps below.
    1. Enter the name of the SE under "string" (Eg: My Bing)

    2. Type the following string under "the URL to use when invoking the custom Internet search".

      http://www.bing.com/search?q=%w
      how to add

      Now click on Apply.
Now you know how to convert default WS in start menu in to Instant Internet SEs like Google and Bing. There is one more method to show it on Microsoft menu without configuring the "Custom Instant Search Internet Search engine Provider" settings in Group Policy edit. To learn more about it and show a link to "Search the Internet" on start menu click on the link below.
Add Google in Windows 7 Start Menu

Here in this article we have edited the way default WS works. Now onwards Windows search will work as the preferred Search Engine configured from GPedit. Similarly if you want to know how to edit the boot menu, click on the link below.
How to Edit Boot.ini and Windows Default Boot Menu Options

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