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Essentially, I want to exclude certain programs from showing in the search results. I still want to use the search feature for everything else.

For example. don't show solitare, when I type in sol...... etc

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Already added the startmenu folder I want to exclude, and I rebuilt the index....still appears in the search results. – MVCylon May 4 '11 at 16:31

This should do it

  • Search for Indexing Options and run it
  • When the window opens Click the Modify button
  • on the Indexed Locations window, click "Show all Locations"
  • When the window reopens, Click the start menu in the bottom frame, then in the top frame, find the programs or folders not to index and clear the check boxes.

  • Click Ok & Close to get back out

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The Show All Locations button is greyed out for me.... – MVCylon May 4 '11 at 16:54
You do need local admin rights to make this change – uSlackr May 4 '11 at 17:07

You should be able to stop individual files and folders from being indexed by assigning the I attribute.

attrib +i c:\foo.exe
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up vote 0 down vote accepted

Simply delete the shorcut/entire folder in question from the C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs directory.

It's just that easy.

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