Microsoft is testing a new desktop search for Windows 11 that solely leverages Edge and Bing

As per the news floating around the internet, we came to know that in the latest Windows 11 preview release, Microsoft is testing a new feature that shows an Internet search box immediately on the desktop. The issue is that it ignores your default browser and instead uses Bing and Microsoft Edge. A small group of Windows Insiders on Windows 11 build 25120 on the ‘Dev’ channel are presently testing this new feature. When you enable this feature, Windows 11 will run the DesktopSearchBoxWin32Exe.exe process, which will display the ‘Desktop Search Box,’ as shown below.

Microsoft is testing a new desktop search for Windows 11 that solely leverages Edge and Bing

Furthermore, users of Windows 11 can simply type a search term or URL to launch Microsoft Edge and conduct a Bing search or browse the URL directly. The issue is that this requires you to use Bing and Edge regardless of the OS’s default browser, maintaining Microsoft’s ongoing effort to drive consumers to use their browser.

This might be an intriguing feature for individuals who shut down Windows and display their desktop regularly. Thankfully, you can disable this feature if you don’t think you’ll use it and want to free up some resources.

Microsoft is testing a new desktop search for Windows 11 that solely leverages Edge and Bing

Right-click the desktop, pick ‘Show More Options,’ and then deselect the ‘Show search’ option, as seen below. It’s also worth noting that Microsoft utilizes the ‘Dev’ channel to try out new functionality, solicit customer comments, and evaluate repairs.

As a result, there’s no certainty that the Desktop Search Box will ever be included in a stable version of Windows 11. When you’re done testing the functionality, run the following ViveTool code from an administrative command line to turn off the Desktop Search Box: – vivetool addconfig 37969115 0. To disable the Desktop Search Bar, log off and back into Windows.