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windows xp tip - enable 'classic search'

One thing in Windows XP really shits me - the Find prompt in Windows Explorer. In Win2k it's utilitarian and quick to use. In XP it's a bunch of extra clicks and an overexcited animated dog.

But, thankfully, you can get the Win2k style back. I happened to find this today... wish I'd had a look sooner!

Get Tweak UI - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx. Then run Tweak UI → Explorer → Use classic search in Explorer. While you're there, check out the Group Policy editor.

Update 2009.05.01: if you want to get rid of Windows Search and get classic search ("search companion") back...

  1. Start → Run
  2. regsvr32 /u "%programfiles%\Windows Desktop Search\wdsShell.dll"
  3. hit OK

After a restart you should be back to normal.

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Anonymous Anonymous  

October 18, 2008 4:53 pm

win xp sp3 and all updates. On my computer it doesnt work :( but that is good tip and work on others machines ;/

Anonymous Anonymous  

June 18, 2009 12:26 am

Worked for me thanks!

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