In IE9, (same for IE8), goto Tools > Manage Add-ons. Click the "Search Providers" option in the left hand list.
At the bottom of the window, click the "Find more search providers" option. A new window will open with a list of different Search providers. Select Google then "Click to install" and this should add Google to the list in the Add-ons window. Then disable Bing and enable Google.
Downloaded and installed IE9, then uninstalled it.
Several issues I had but main one was being forced to use Bing. I try the new ones that come up, comparing them to Google and still find the results in Google are more accurate to my search term than all others. Especially Bing.
Any way to change the default search engine? I looked all over but may have missed something.
Which is one other complaint. Some settings are placed differently and some are even hidden by this link to that link to some other place. It's like they put in the security setting but made them hard to find.