Solved Why is Windows Search.lnk in my startup menu

November 20, 2011 at 07:45:37
Specs: Windows XP
"Windows Search.lnk" is in my startup menu. What is it and why is it there.

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November 20, 2011 at 10:50:13
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It can be for a legitiimate program - e.g. for the Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search) add-on for XP Microsoft program , or it's presence can indicate you have malware on your computer

What happens when you click on it ?

(If nothing happens, or if Windows can't find the program the link is for, it's a harmless leftover - RIGHT click on it's entry and Delete it to remove it from the list.)

If the Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search) program has been installed, I recommend that you UN-INSTALL IT !

I have seen that it has bugs that cause it to NOT work properly on many systems that have XP installed on them. It's supposed to make indexes of the files on your computer when Windows is running when you're not actively using the computer, but the problem with that is, on many systems with XP installed on them, once it starts doing that it DOES NOT stop doing that when you resume actively using the computer ! When that indexing service is running it slows down EVERYTHING in Windows, ALL THE TIME, despite the fact Task Manager shows it isn't using much memory.

If there is a listing for Windows Search or Windows Desktop Search in Add or Remove Programs, I recommend you un-install it !

Control Panel ( - Classic view) - Add or Remove Programs.

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November 21, 2011 at 17:14:15
Thank you Tubesandwires,
Removed and forgotten..

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November 22, 2011 at 15:17:06
Thanks for the thank you.

Did you have Windows Desktop Search ?

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