How to enable or disable desktop search in Windows 11 build 25120

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Windows 11 build 25120 introduced a somewhat questionable new feature for Windows Insiders to test. The update puts a permanent search bar on the desktop, and you can use it to search using Bing in Microsoft Edge.

As of now, Desktop Search is available to a limited set of Windows Insiders, which means not everyone can try it out right away. Fortunately, there is a way to force-enable desktop search on any computer updated to Windows 11 build 25120.


Important: Desktop Search in Windows 11 25120 is one of the first experimental features that Microsoft may remove or change in future Windows Insider builds. We will update this article accordingly if necessary.


Enable desktop search in Windows 11 build 25120

If you’re lucky, the desktop search bar will be available to you right after installing build 25120. Other users need to enable it manually. Here’s how.

  1. Download ViveTool from its repository on Github.
  2. Unzip the downloaded archive to any folder.
  3. Open the folder with ViveTool, click on the address bar and copy the path.
  4. Hurry Win + RWalk in ordered and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the command prompt as an administrator.
  5. In the command prompt, type CD, then paste the previously copied path and press Enter. Your command should look like CD C:Vive.
  6. Type vivetool addconfig 37969115 2 and press Enter.
  7. Restart your computer to apply the changes.
Windows 11 build 25120 with desktop search bar

Note that the search bar completely ignores all settings related to your browser. It will only search using Bing and Microsoft Edge. Fortunately, you can circumvent this user-unfriendly constraint using MSEdgeRedirect.

How to Disable Desktop Search Bar in Windows 11

  1. Right-click an empty space on your desktop and click Show more options. Otherwise, press Shift + F10 without opening any menu.
    Context menus in Windows 11 25120 showing how to disable desktop search bar
  2. Find and click on the Show search Customize option below. After that, Windows 11 will remove the desktop search bar.
    Context menus in Windows 11 25120 showing how to disable desktop search bar

Here’s how to enable or disable the desktop search bar in Windows 11.

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