Enable Instant Answers – in a country outside of the US

IE 8 Searchbar – Instant Answers is really cool (see below).


There’s only one problem: It doesn’t work in Austria (as in many other countries). I suppose it only works in the US 🙂

To make it work, you need to change the regional settings to “English-US”.

There are two ways to do it

  • Change your regional settings 🙂 (that’s really bad…)

  • Change the settings of the search URL

The latter is the more interesting I suppose!

I had a look at the registry and found out that there is a setting for the search provider suggestion URL.

[Updated for BING] It’s under

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\


There go to SuggestionsURLFallback and you will see that the URL ends with &FORM=IE8SSC&market={Language}. All you need to do is change {Language} to en-us.

Voila! Instant Answers will work for you, whatever your machine settings are.

You can download the registry .REG file here. (Just double click on it, to import the setting). [Update for BING]


Comments (2)

  1. Asheesh Soni says:

    Good one!

    I usually set google as my default search provider. But after your previous 2 posts about the live search, I gave it a go. As I am in Australia, it didn’t work and I couldn’t care less. But now after changing the language to en-us, it works like a charm. Not sure if I’ll switch my default provider, but now I’ll probably start using live search as well a bit.



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