I have many windows 2003 servers that for one reason or another need to have Windows Search installed. I don’t like windows search, I much rather use the classic search or a nice little program called Agent Ransack

If you already have Windows Search Installed, when you press Ctrl+F3 you get Windows Search to come up, but thanks to the John @ John’s Adventures Blog I found a nice little solution that works to restore the classic search and I thought I’d share it with everyone

 

by Setting the Registry Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS\ShowStartSearchBand to 0, when you press Ctrl+F3 you get the classic search again.  To put things back, just set the key back to 1

There is also a “Local Machine” key located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS\ShowStartSearchBand.  This key disables desktop search from coming up on the entire server, but I much rather disable it for my own user ID, and let anyone who likes Windows Search to keep using it.

 

Search On!!

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