When WDS is not as good as the old XP search

In XP and W2003 I liked being able to search any explorer by simply clicking [SEARCH] or by pressing F3.  The search was very fast, especially when just searching on filename.  Along comes Windows Desktop Search 3 for Windows 2003 Server, which is working great BUT the folder search bar is rubbish, really slow and clunky.

To get the old search functionality back – but without breaking all the other great features of WDS just make the following registry key change:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS

Then double-click on ‘ShowStartSearchBand’ and set the value to ‘0’

Search within Explorer is much improved in Vista, but sometimes I just wished for a fast type down search by filename that I loved in X1.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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