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vistaOne of the nastiest surprise in Windows Vista after installing SP1 is the removal of some of the easy ways to get to the Search function. Of course you can still access to it by pressing the F3 key while you have a folder open. Anyway if you are looking for a simpler and faster way to reach the Search window, here is a simple hack which will add the “Search…” item back to the context menu.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type regedit in the Search Bar and press Enter.
  3. Browse to the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Directory\ shell\ find
  4. Locate the LegacyDisable subkey. Rename it to LegacyDisabl.bak
  5. That’s it. The hack is over. From now on whenever you will right-click on any folder you will see  the Search… option again.

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One Comment to “How to restore the “Search…” function in Windows Vista SP1”

  1. Peanut Says:

    You’re a genius. I love you.

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