Windows 10: Edge Search Does Not Permit Change of Region

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home x64
       24 Sep 2015 #1

    Edge Search Does Not Permit Change of Region


    I've configured Edge to my correct home page. Because I live in Thailand Edge directs me to the Google Thailand page. I corrected that easily by using www.google.com/ncr as my home page.

    However, Edge always reverts to the Thai regional search, ignoring my home page setting. I've searched high and low for a way to change this but no luck.

    Am I the only user with this problem?
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  2. Posts : 14,948
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       25 Sep 2015 #2

    You need to go into Google search settings and make changes, and when/if you clean browser cookies, make sure you leave the Google ones alone, that have nothing to do with advertising:

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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       25 Sep 2015 #3

    No go. When I look at the search engine that's current, I see Google (www.google.co.th). When I click the down arrow and click Add, sometimes I get an entry that reads www.google.com and sometimes I get no entry at all. Since I cannot edit this entry, it doesn't matter what I do (Add or Add as default), it always uses www.google.co.th.

    I'm willing to reset all my Edge settings back to defaults and start over, but I can't seem to find a way.
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  4. Posts : 14,948
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       25 Sep 2015 #4

    Try nuking the browsing data(1st page in settings, middle of column).
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       25 Sep 2015 #5

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Try nuking the browsing data(1st page in settings, middle of column).
    I set everything up to be cleared, but it didn't change the home page nor the search engine settings.

    I'm not quite sure I understand why Microsoft just doesn't let you manually enter a URL.
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  6.    16 Oct 2015 #6

    Hi Hurricane51, am also in Thailand with the same problem... Driving me nuts - tried registry here:

    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3250150214-754733858-2435700366-1001\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wek yb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\OpenSearch

    Edited the binary data so it was set to http://www.google.com/ncr but as soon as Edge launched it set it back to .co.th

    Am still searching!
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       16 Oct 2015 #7

    I got these suggestions from the Microsoft Community forum.No. 1 worked for me:

    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community. I am glad to assist you on this.
    We have reproduce the issue here and we are able to access non-regional search for google using Microsoft Edge.
    I would suggest you to try the below steps and check if it helps.
    Step 1:
    Clear browsing data option of Microsoft Edge and check if you face the issue. To do so perform the steps below.

    1. Click on the More actions icon next to the feedback icon present on top right corner of the Project Spartan homepage.
    2. Select Settings and click on Choose what to clear.
    3. Check the boxes Browsing history, Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files and click on Clear.

    Step 2:
    I suggest you to create a new user account and check if the issue occurs.

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Choose Accounts and then select Family and other users.
    3. Select add someone else on this PC.
    4. Enter a user name and hit next.
    5. Click on Finish.
    6. Sign out from the current Account and Log into the new account.

    Step 3:
    It could also happen because of network issue. I suggest you to try with different network connection and check if it helps.
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  8.    16 Oct 2015 #8

    Thanks; tried number 1 but behavior the same. Search with google.com/ncr, it offers me the option to add google.com as a search provider and instantly converts it to google.co.th.
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  9. Posts : 14,948
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       17 Oct 2015 #9

    Nielsc said: View Post
    Thanks; tried number 1 but behavior the same. Search with google.com/ncr, it offers me the option to add google.com as a search provider and instantly converts it to google.co.th.
    If you don't set your location, Google shows an approximate location based on the following things to help provide you with the most relevant results:

    • Your IP address.
    • Your Location History if you have it turned on.
    • Google Toolbar's My Location feature if it’s turned on.
    • Recent locations you’ve searched for.
    Have you set your location settings in Google Search: https://www.google.de/preferences?hl...&fg=1#location
    You will need to allow cookies to be accepted and set, and not clean them. I you use Ccleaner or the like, make sure Googles cookies are not being wiped when you clean.
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  10.    17 Oct 2015 #10

    OK found the solution, a classic workaround:

    Go to US Proxy List - Free Proxy List
    Pick a proxy with SSL
    Set it as proxy in Control Panel | Internet Options | Connections | LAN Settings
    Test it by going to google.com
    If you do NOT see a "Use Google.xxxx" (xxxx is a contry-specific TLD such as .co.th, .co.uk, etc) then you can go to next step
    If you DO see a "Use Google.xxxx" (xxxx is a contry-specific TLD such as .co.th, .co.uk, etc) then try another proxy

    Next step:
    Now you can follow the standard switch of search engine as per here:
    Microsoft Edge Search Engine - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Basically unless Google sees you as being in the USA it will force the localized google search engine URL on you, like it or not.
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