Getting Rid of Desktop Search

March 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

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. 

  1. Open your Registry by clicking Start – Run and typing Regedt32 in the dialog box
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS
  3. Change the key ShowStartSearchBand from a ‘1’ to a ‘0’ (zero)
  4. Close the Registry

Next time you open your search, you’ll be back to the good search box!  This tip works on Windows XP.

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