Microsoft has recently published the KB 941946 article outlining changes to Windows Vista’s desktop search in SP1. Windows Vista SP1 allows the user to change their default desktop search provider from the built-in Windows Desktop Search that ships with Windows Vista to another 3rd party desktop search provider.
Because of Microsoft’s effort to prevent a possible antitrust suit by the EU, the Search option has been removed from the right side of the Start menu. Users will also notice “See all results” has disappeared when doing a search via the Start menu. Instead, you will see “Search Everywhere”. Search Everywhere will launch whatever is the user’s default desktop search program. In Windows Explorer, users will also see a “Search Everywhere” option in the toolbar as well.
Microsoft has updated the user interface elements that are listed in the following list:
In order to get the search option back to Windows Explorer’s and the Start menu context menu you will need to follow these steps:
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There is no need to reboot or logoff, changes take place immediately.
Right clicking on the Start button or any other folder will now offer the ‘Search’ context-menu option.
Need to quickly fire up the search window? Each of the following methods will bring up the Search Results window:
https://petri.com/add-logo-and-support-information-to-vista C:\>start search-ms:
1. Configure the target as
https://petri.com/add-logo-and-support-information-to-vista explorer.exe search-ms:
2. Name it ‘Search‘ or anything you like.
3. Drop it in the Quick Launch toolbar next to the Start Menu.
Another nice tip involves searching the web from your Windows Explorer search window. Once within the Search Results window you can enter your search phrase, next press Enter to search local media, or Shift+Enter to feed your criteria into IE’s default search engine.