Did you google for something like: WDS, Windows Desktop Search, Turn Of or Default Windows XP Search.

There are a couple of reasons why you have desktop search installed:
– You like the product and hate google
– After installing Office 2007, outlook tell’s you to install it to use the find function

So now when you search within windows XP (for files or whatever) the “Microsoft Desktop Search” popups:


Since not everything is indexed, this can be frustrating. And if your searching for that file yoy just downloaded, changes are that downloading it again is faster then using Windows Desktop Search 😉

How to solve this?
Save the code underneath to a .REG file and execute it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]

Or you can navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS
Double-click on ‘ShowStartSearchBand’ and set the value to ‘0’

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