I’ve been annoyed by Windows XP file search “util” (that annoying dog, etc) ever since I started using it. Finally! I came across a tweak to bring it back to the Windows 2000/2003 way of searching:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer CabinetState
Create a new STRING value and name it “Use Search Asst” without the quotes.
Specify the value data equal to “no” without the quotes. Here is a reg file that you can copy & paste:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCabinetState] "Use Search Asst"="no"
If you’re interested in doing the same to IE, modify this key in the same way:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Internet Explorer Main