Search Context Menu Item - Restore After Vista SP1

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How to Restore the Search Context Menu Item after Installing the Vista SP1
Synopsis
When you install the Vista SP1, it removes Search from the Context (right click) menu of the Start menu and Folders. This will show you how to restore the Search context menu item with the Vista SP1 still installed.
How to Restore the Search Context Menu Item after Installing the Vista SP1

information   Information
When you install the Vista SP1, it removes Search from the Context (right click) menu of the Start menu button and Folders. This will show you how to restore the Search context menu item with the Vista SP1 still installed. For more information on what the SP1 changes, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB941946 and Windows Vista Blog: Experiencing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta
Note   Note
The Search button on the right dark side in the Start menu has also been removed by the Vista SP1. This will show you how to restore it: How to Restore the Start Menu Button after Installing the Vista SP1

EXAMPLE: Start Button Context Menu with SP1 and Restored
Start_menu_SP1_installed.jpgStart_menu_Restored.jpg
EXAMPLE: Folder Context Menu with SP1 and Restored
Folder_SP1_installed.jpgFolder_Restored.jpg
EXAMPLE: Drive Context Menu with SP1 and Restored
Drive_SP1_Installed.jpgDrive_Restored.jpg





OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Remove the Search Context Menu Item
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_ContextMenu_Search.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Restore the Search Context Menu Item
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Restore_ContextMenu_Search.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click the .reg (On Desktop) file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on the Run button for Security Warning pop-up.​
6. Click on Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. You may need to Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
8. When done, you can delete the .reg file (On Desktop).​



OPTION TWO
Through Registy Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. For the File and Folder Context Menu
A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find

B) Go to step 7 or 8.​
REG.jpg

5. For the Drive Context Menu
A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find

B) Go to step 7 or 8.​
Reg2.jpg

6. For the Compressed (ZIP) Folders
A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\shell\find

B) Go to step 7 or 8.​
Compressed_Folders.jpg

7. To Restore the Search Context Menu Item
A) In the right pane, right click on LegacyDisable and click Delete. (See screenshots below steps 4, 5, or 6)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
C) The registry will now look like similar to this. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This example is from step 4. Just substitute either step 4, 5, or 6 for the one you selected instead.​
D) Go to step 9.​
REG_After.jpg

8. To Remove the Search Context Menu Item
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click New and String Value. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type LegacyDisable and press Enter. (See screenshots below steps 4, 5, or 6)​

9. Close regedit.​
10. You may need to Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


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Shawn,

If I right click on a drive, I still don't see the Search item. Only on subfolders. For example, I want to do a Search on everything on an SD card E: by it is not there on a right click. I have to go down to a subfolder. Know of any way to do this as well?
 

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Hi Bob-C,

This will not add Search to the context menu for a drive, only the Start menu button and folders. :(

You can use Advanced Search to do what you want. Just select the E:\ drive in the Location drop down menu to search from. This tutorial will show you how to if needed.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/75451-advanced-search.html

Update:
Search is now included for the Drive context menu in this tutorial.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Your welcome Karl.

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I've been trying to find info about...how can I add "Search" in Right Click-Context Menu, from a web page? I have it on my XP computer.
 

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Hi TWF,

There is not a Search context menu item in Internet Explorer for Vista, but I'm not sure what would be different than what the Internet Explorer Search box would offer. If you mean to search inside the current webpage, then the Find window might be what you are wanting.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/119469-find.html

If the above is not what you mean or want, then please let me know with more details on what you want to search for. Maybe there will be an alternative method available.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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twf498

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Hi, Shawn.
No, I don't mean the "Find" feature. I'd like to be able to highlight a specific word(s). Then, right-click that word, which that menu would have "Search". It would save time, by not having to copy/paste into "Search" box & having to click to "Search". I hope this helps explain, because it was something that could be done on WinXP, by adding the "Search" w/a RegEdit file...downloaded from a WinXP Tips/Tweaks site.
Thx.
 

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twf498

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Great :huh: That just plain sucks! After reading/watching the IE8 Beta info, I'm not too sure it'll be what I'd be interested in. However, I do appreciate your assistance.
Oh, hey, do you think that RegEdit file I did on my WinXP IE7 will work?
 

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Many items for XP will also work with Vista, so you could give it a try to see. To be safe, I would create a restore point first in case you need to do a System Restore afterwards to repair the registry.

I hope it works for you.
 

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twf498

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:D I did as you recommended. It added the "Search" as I'd hoped. So far, so good. Do you know how it's done, yourself? If not, would you like the ".exe" file that I used? I'd be happy to pass along to anyone else this may help. It wasn't a RegEdit command, as I 1st thought.
Thx.
 

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TWF498,

I'm happy to hear that it is working for you so far. Sure, please post a link to where you got it from and I'll take a look at it to see what I can do with it to adapt it for a possible tutorial.

Thank you,
Shawn
 

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twf498

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So, you don't just want me to upload the .exe file, from my computer? I see there's a place to add attachments, in the posts. Either way, it's fine w/me.
Thx.
 

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I don't mind if you attach it in a ZIP file. It's just that I will not be able to view the contents of the file to see what changes it makes, but other may decide to use it anyway to help them. :geek:
 

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mvp
Thank you twf498.

The newer IE8 beta offers this feature, but in a different way. You highlight what you want to search and click on the small box with a arrow above it to search with any default search provider (ex: Google) that you had set for IE8. That way you can just click on it once instead of having to modify IE7.

LOL, it's called an Accelerator feature in IE8 now. Go figure. ;) It works pretty well.

Internet Explorer 8: Faster and easier

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Hello Druekberg,

This search feature was removed due to a antitrust lawsuit that Microsoft lost with Google. Microsoft had no choice but to comply and remove it, but nothing says that the end user can't add it back though. ;)
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

UltimateSilence

Long Live Vista
Member
Brink,

My apologies, but I have another question.
Is there a way to restore the "Search..." context menu item that appears when right-clicking "Computer"?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP-Pavilion FK786AA-ABA s3600f
    CPU
    Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Irvine
    Memory
    2GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7100
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek ALC888S
    Screen Resolution
    1024 x 768 (32 bit) (85Hz)
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