How to Disable Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP

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How to Disable Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP
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Windows Desktop Search is the default search program for a user using Windows XP. If a user wishes, however, he can access the registry editor and disable Windows Desktop Search. This does not uninstall it from the operating system, but it does disable it until the user accesses the registry editor again and enables it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and select "Run" from the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Type "regedit" in the Run window and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS."

  4. 4

    Right-click the "ShowStartSearchBand" option and select "Modify." Change the value to 0.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" then click the "X" button in the top-right corner of the Registry Editor window to exit the editor.

Tips and warnings

  • You can enable Windows Desktop Search again by accessing the registry editor and changing the value of ShowStartSearchBand back to 1.
  • Some changes to the registry cannot be undone and can cause serious, permanent damage to programs or the Windows XP OS.

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