Direct access to Search Companion

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April 13, 2009 at 01:57:17
Specs: WinXP Pro, 2.2Ghz; 512Mb
When I press Windows key & F, Search Companion opens. On my brother's PC, a different window opens, but he can choose Search Companion from an option in the bottom left of the screen that opens. Is there a way for him to go DIRECT to Search Companion (as I can) ?

Basty


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#1
April 13, 2009 at 03:19:35
Have both computers same windows operating system?

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#2
April 13, 2009 at 04:56:35
When only the Desktop is showing, you can do F3.

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#3
April 14, 2009 at 04:25:30
We both use WinXP. If F3 does indeed do away with the intermediate screen (I won't know till I get back to his PC), isn't there a 'setting' somewhere that avoids the intermediate screen ?

Basty


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#4
April 14, 2009 at 05:11:47
On my brother's PC, a different window opens...

What window is that ????

The following will fix a problem where if you double click a folder, then Search Companion opens ----

Click Start, then RUN, then type
regsvr32 /i shell32
Note the space after the '2', and after the 'i'

That will not hurt anything. Give that a try.


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#5
April 15, 2009 at 02:48:08
I can now state what I did not know yesterday : that we both have WinXP/SP3 Pro.

The window that opens is also a search screen - I have not studied its details, because I KNOW that Search Companion (which can be called from that first screen) has what I want.

It's 100 miles from here and it could be a while before I see it again.

Basty


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#6
April 15, 2009 at 03:36:48
Possibly windows search 4.0 (similar to the search companion but very blue and puppy free) or one of the earlier variants. Upgraded via windows update "software(optional)" or (I've read) a version of word.

As far as I am aware after the installation of windows search 4.0 the search companion is no longer directly accessible without un-installing windows search(be careful of this).


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#7
April 16, 2009 at 08:17:34
Judago
Are you suggesting that my brother's is the result of an update, and that I am stuck with an old Search mechanism ? If so, I am grateful for not updating.

Basty


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#8
April 16, 2009 at 18:46:34
Yep, can't be sure though.

Windows search 4.0 is the only thing I use the hide update feature for. Other than being annoying apparently it slows down the whole pc once or twice a week while it builds a new index....

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showth...

http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...


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#9
April 21, 2009 at 00:06:42
Judago
I downloaded and installed Windows Search 4 and now I also
get that unfamiliar first page which offers access to Search Companion.
Having identified 'What window is that' for Chuck2, can we get direct access to the Search Companion ?
F3 just opens the new Search facility, NOT Search Companion;
moreover does not even offer access to Search Companion like Search after Start does.

Basty


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#10
May 15, 2009 at 06:49:24
It is indeed Windows Search that causes this. And unfortunately if you use Outlook, you need it to search through old emails.

But it is possible to get the old trusted Search Companion back with the following steps:

First you have to have started the Search Companion at least once: Click on Search and then select the Search Companion at the bottom. This will create a registry key that we now can change:

Simply open RegEdit (hit Start > Run then type 'regedit'). Go to the following node:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS

Then double-click on 'ShowStartSearchBand' and set the value to '0'. Close that and you're done, the next time you click 'Search' in explorer, the old, reliable search companion will appear.

If you are not really using the new Search, you can disable most of the indexing. Right-click on the Loop icon in the task bar and select "Windows Search Options...". Click on Modify, then click on each selected location and de-select. From this icon you can also still access Windows Search.

Reference...


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#11
May 15, 2009 at 07:53:29
Thank you RJH
I'll report when I have had access to my brother's PC again.

Basty


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