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Someone installed Windows Search on my computer and I hate it. I refuse to spend time setting up the indexer. I just want it gone!

How can I remove it and its indexer from my computer, or at least get Windows Explorer to default to using the Search Companion like it used to?

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I found this to be pretty good after I removed Windows Search. I use mythicsoft.com/filelocatorlite –  Sun W Kim Nov 4 '13 at 17:15
    
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You should be able to head over to Add/Remove programs and remove it that way. As Diago mentions below, you may have to show the hidden updates to see it.

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I don't see it in Add/Remove programs –  Jeff Leonard Jul 30 '09 at 21:28
    
I assume you are using Windows XP? It would be "Windows Desktop Search 4.0" or something like that. –  The How-To Geek Jul 30 '09 at 21:31
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In Add/Remove you need to check the box to show updates. It is part of Windows Updates now –  Diago Jul 30 '09 at 21:52
    
found it! thanks! –  Jeff Leonard Jul 30 '09 at 21:59
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It's located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS

not HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS
as another answer suggested.

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You can Disable the service.

  • Go To Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services
  • Go down to Indexing Service and change the Startup Type to "Disable"
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I've already done that, but I want to also figure to how to make the old window search panel show up in Windows Explorer when clicking the search button. –  Jeff Leonard Jul 30 '09 at 21:32
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It's probably seen as a Windows update, you need to look in the list of installed Windows Updates.

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In RegEdit, go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS 

and set ShowStartSearchBand to 0, and you'll get the default search behavior back.

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+1: unknown why downvoted, works here. –  RvdK Jan 23 '13 at 12:39
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