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
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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

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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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Brink

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UltimateSilence

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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"?



No problem mate. Here you go. Fresh out of the tutorial oven. :)

Search - Add or Remove from "My Computer" Context Menu - Windows 7 Forums

You're so formal.
Thanks a bunch, Brink. My Vista experience is complete again thanks to your tutorials!

Edit: One question. Is there a way to put it right below the Explore context menu item and make it say "Search..."?
 
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Brink

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I can't change it to be right under "Explore", but the REG file below will remove "Search" and add "Search..." instead. :)
 

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UltimateSilence

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I can't change it to be right under "Explore", but the REG file below will remove "Search" and add "Search..." instead. :)

Thank you.
One more, minor thing... When I click the context menu item, it does not have "Computer" as the area to search (I have to do this manually).
Is there a way to make this automatic? "Currently searching: Computer"

Apologies, Brink. :( I don't mean to be nitpicky... I just hate how Microsoft removed it.
 

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Brink

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Sorry, but no. However, you could just open My Computer, and type in the Search box in the upper right corner to search the computer though.
 

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    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
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    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 3
    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
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    3480 x 2160
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    512 GB M.2 SSD
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