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I'm running Windows XP and I've installed Windows Search so that Outlook is able to index my emails and speed up searching. The problem is that now every time I do a "find in files and folders" the first thing that pops up is the windows search dialog with a discrete "this folder is not indexed, use search companion instead" at the bottom.

Now I have no intention of indexing any of my drive - is there any way to make the search companion the default again (without uninstalling Windows Search)

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Start > Run > type regedit and click OK, then navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS

Then double-click on 'ShowStartSearchBand' and set the value to '0'. Close that and you're done, the next time you click 'Search' in explorer, the old, reliable search companion will appear.


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Thankyou very much! – Justin Sep 22 '09 at 8:13
you're more than welcome. – Molly7244 Sep 22 '09 at 10:56

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