Windows  7 Start Menu Search feature helps you to find data on your computer, but it's easy enough to make search the web as well.

 All is needed a little registry change:

  • Open registry editor - just type regedit in the start menu search bar and click on regedit.exe)
    Open registry editor
  • Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    If Explorer or other Key doesn't exist, simply create them by right clicking on the existing key above and selecting New > Key
    Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  • Inside Explorer create a new DWORD type value:
    Name: DisableIndexedLibraryExperience
    Value Data: 1
    Create a new DWORD type value DisableIndexedLibraryExperience
  • Restart computer

Now, when you start typing in the Start Menu Search bar you will see an option to Search the Internet which will open your default Internet browser and perform a search using your default search provider (Google, Bing, etc.)
Search the Internet from Start Menu

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