Disabling start menu search in Windows 10

I am looking for a way to disable the search function from start menu in Windows 10. Either disable it entirely so user can't even type anything in or make it so it doesn't display any results. Basically I need to prevent user from launching apps from start menu by typing the app name. For example if I type in Edge or iexplore both of those apps come up as search results. I've already disabled Cortana via registry and GPO as well as Windows Search service but that didn't make a difference.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't think you can do this. If you managed to succeed (I do not think you can) you prevent people from searching for anything. Truly counterproductive.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Users will find ways to find apps.  Blocking search is just blocking one of many paths.  If there are apps you don't want users running, block the apps. Then it doesn't matter if they surface in search; they still won't run.  There are 1st and 3rd-party solutions to blocking/blacklisting/whitelisting apps.  That's the direction you should be looking.
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
To be honest, you cannot do this. We tried to achieve the same thing using various GPO, registry changes, 3rd party apps but we weren't able to lock it at all. There is always a way how to search... Sorry.

You can do only this (from MS):
Remove Search menu from Start Menu: User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Start Menu & Taskbar

This policy removes the Search item from the Start menu and from the context menu that appears when you right-click the Start menu. Also, the system does not respond when users press F3 or the Application key (the key with the Windows logo)+ F .

In Windows Explorer, the Search item still appears on the Standard buttons toolbar, but the system does not respond when the user presses Ctrl + F. Also, Search does not appear in the context menu when you right-click an icon representing a drive or a folder.

This policy affects the specified user interface elements only. It does not affect Internet Explorer and does not prevent the user from using other methods to search.

This policy also affects the F3 key.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might get away with blocking IE or Chrome, but Edge is required for system operation and display.

Why is this a big problem?  People learn to manage their own computer.
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
The only solution is to kill explorer.exe... this person says he's managed this:
Hi there! I was required to do this to child proof a windows 10 laptop. On top of disabling web search, I went to Services > Windows Search, set the Startup Type to Disabled, and stopped the service. Then, add a policy to prohibit the use of the Control Panel/Settings. You still see the search prompt when you start to type, but no results. Works like a charm! HERE
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