Thursday, May 1, 2008

How to disable Windows Desktop Search integration with Explorer

If you find that Windows Desktop Search replaced the standard search functionality in Windows Explorer, you can get it back by setting the registry key below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS\ShowStartSearchBand = 0

... or if you are not the type to navigate through your Windows registry, simply download and open this ShowStartSearchBand.reg


  1. Next time, can you post a REG file that I can download and apply without having to use REGEDIT?

  2. Personally I prefer to do it myself rather than trust some .reg file, but I can understand the convenience, I'll keep that in mind. see above.

  3. u r good dude..

  4. Thanks man, I can only take credit for my google searching skills :-) the rest is public knowledge.