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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Customize Vista start search

Via Channel 10

Do you think that Search Everywhere and Search the Internet is not enough for your Start Search?

Customize it is easy, just do the following things:

  • Press WinKey and type gpedit.msc (Run it as administrator)
  • Open the User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Instant Search\Custom Instant Search Internet Search provider policy setting.
  • Enable the policy setting, type provider name in the first textbox, add the address of the search provider you want to have in the second textbox, and click OK. You can find a list of providers at the end of this post.
  • Try a Instant Search. If you can see the third provider you have done the work. In the other case you just have to open a command prompt and type gpupdate/force to immediately apply the new policy setting.

Some providers:

Wikipedia (To get other languages change en with your language code): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%w

Google: http://www.google.com/search?q=%w

Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%w

The rule to find the URL for the search provider is to search TEST in the search engine, cut the URL of the result and replace TEST with %w.


Filippo Sironi

There is only a little problem, the administrative snap-in gpedit.msc is available only in Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise.
If you are a Vista Home Basic or Home Premium user you need to modify the settings via regedit.exe but I don't know where you can find those values.

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