Getting Rid of Desktop Search
Do you like the old Search dialog in Windows – the Search Companion? I can’t stand the new one, it brings back too much. If you want the old Search Companion to appear when you start a Windows Search (by click Start – Search on the screen or by pressing the Start + F keys), it’s easy to get it back.
- Open your Registry by clicking Start – Run and typing Regedt32 in the dialog box
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS
- Change the key ShowStartSearchBand from a ‘1’ to a ‘0’ (zero)
- Close the Registry
Next time you open your search, you’ll be back to the good search box! This tip works on Windows XP.