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Restore Classic Search in Windows XP

In Windows XP, how can I revert to the good old search window that I used in Windows 2000?

Windows XP has a sick and ugly search window which not only slows down your system but also personally makes me sick (not to mention that sorry-looking excuse of a dog they have there…) 

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To go back to the good old Windows 2000-style search window do the following:

  1. Download the Microsoft Powertoys for Windows XP. All you need for this tip is Tweak UI which gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more. You can also get it from HERE, or get the Win9X version HERE).

  2. Install TweakUI.

  3. Run TweakUI.

  4. Go to the Explorer sub-menu. In the details pane find "Use Classic Search in Explorer" and select it.

  1. Click Apply then Ok.

Press ÿ   +F to open the Search dialog box and see for yourself.

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