SWITCH TO WINDOWS' BASIC SEARCH TOOL
As you probably know, the Windows XP Search Companion provides users
with a lot of bells and whistles designed to make searching for files
on hard drives much easier. But sometimes all of these extra features
just get in the way.
longing for Windows 2000's basic search tool, it doesn't have to be
in vain. The basic search tool is still available in Windows XP, and
you can activate it with a quick registry edit.
1. Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState.
3. Go to
Edit | New | String Value.
4. Name the new value Use Search Asst.
5. Double-click the new value, type no in the Value Data text box,
and click OK.
the Registry Editor, and restart the system.
To switch back to the Search Companion, just go back to the Registry
Editor, and change the Value Data to yes.
the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before
making any changes.