Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a PC that is running XP and the Search button (in explorer) it's not working. When I click it, it does nothing.

Any idea on how to fix this?

[Update] On my account it works (admin) and on another user (limited) it's not working. I don't want to re-create the user, just want to find the reg key or rule and fix this

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

There was a policy NoFind under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer, I deleted it and now it works fine

share|improve this answer
This worked for me. It may actually be a policy being pushed out by the domain, but I won't know until the user logs back in. – Jeremy Mar 28 '13 at 19:38

I'm not quite sure if this is relevant, but this link shows how to disable search button from the registry
May be there are some other useful keys in that registry hive
Also see this one as well, but I think it might for Windows 7 (not quite sure)

share|improve this answer
there is no such key, but i'm searching... – Remus Rigo Dec 13 '12 at 11:35
I know there won't be, I just meant there may be some relevant keys at that area – user13267 Dec 13 '12 at 12:04
Anyway, go to group policy editor (Start > Run > gpedit.msc) > User configuration > administrative templates > windows components> windows explorer > disable search button in windows explorer. This is probably be 'not configured'. try enabling this option, restarting, then disabling and see if that works – user13267 Dec 13 '12 at 12:06
you gave me an idea where to look, so i'm gonna mark your answer – Remus Rigo Dec 17 '12 at 7:37

it could be a setting in the group policy. Run the editor, and look for permessions for search.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .