Tip: Switch Windows XP Search UI To Windows 2000 UI

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:04 pm

If you are one of those people who didn’t install one of the many desktop search tools (I recommend the one from Copernic), and still using Windows XP search tool, you might find it a bit annoying.

Unlike the clean and simple search tool in Windows 2000, Windows XP search tool is full with bells and whistles, which might irritate some people.

Fortunately you can remove all the unwanted extra “features? and get the plain old Windows 200 search UI.

In order to do that follow these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState.
  • Under CabinetState create new String value named “Use Search Asst? by going to Edit -> New -> String Value.
  • Double click the new “Use Search Asst?, type “no” in the Value Data dialog
  • Click OK
  • Close the Registry Editor.

Now you have the good old Windows 2000 search UI (You might need to restart your system in order for this to take effect).


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