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How do i get a Windows Vista like Search box in Windows Xp. There's a program here : http://www.vistastartmenu.com/ . What are the other ?

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If you are interested by the program launcher facet, you will find a list of programs doing this task at this question: superuser.com/questions/5439/must-have-launcher-applications –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 16:49
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If interested by the search files facet, you will find a list of programs at this other question: superuser.com/questions/8654/… –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 16:50
    
If you want specifically a program which is doing both, and placing this Search box in the start menu, however, this is a different question for which you won't find an answer on the given links. –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 16:53
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In this case your question is a duplicate, and you will find your answers on the first link I gave. However, instead of closing your question as a duplicate, I propose we specialize it, only for "I need the exact same functionality on XP, including the look and feel". –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 16:57
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@iceman: Might I ask that you edit your question to include the added detail? It will better benefit readers, rather than forcing them to read all the comments. –  jmsmcfrlnd Feb 9 '10 at 21:46

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ViStart

Launch Programs faster then ever before

ViStart dramatically decreases the time taken to search for programs by indexing your program shortcuts. Then you can simply type part of the program into the start menu and ViStart will "instantly" find it.

Find files faster then Vista

ViStart not only indexes programs but also files as well. Just type the file you are looking for and in miliseconds ViStart will return results (Up to 4 times faster then the orignal Vista start menu!).

Microsoft Vista skin

ViStart includes a skin that looks exactly like the Windows Vista's start menu and it also supports 3rd party skins. A wide range of skins made by ViStart fans are available through deviantart.

Fading Menu Icons

As you roll over each option on the menu ViStart will blend each option just like Vista's icons.

Multilanguage support

ViStart supports natively English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese and Dutch.

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just tried ViStart..the search box just above the windows logo doesn't appear –  iceman Feb 9 '10 at 16:55

Micrososoft Windows Search:
You can get it for Windows XP here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/choose/windowssearch4.mspx?tab=Install%20It

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Yup, MS Search 4.0 is the way to do so.. –  Bibhas Feb 9 '10 at 19:39

Just use Everything. Much more effective, much faster, so much better than the XP/Vista/Windows 7 search tool. Just give it a try.

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Not fitting the need, though. –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 17:01

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