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Xp pro windows explorer search settings

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April 30, 2011 3:54:57 PM

Hi all
I'm trying to sort out numerous issues on a friends machine *without* resorting to a re-install. Mainly to do with the whole family using it for many varied and different purposes, and with **loads** of software installed, which of course have created a number of conflicts - some of which I will no doubt discover even after I've got rid of the obvious ones!

This problem involves Windows Explorer & the search option. When looking for a file on the disk, instead of Windows going off & looking for files on the disk(s), Safari pops up using the search argument you entered & tries to locate it on the internet!

If anyone can point me in the direction of where the settings are stored (probably obscurely somewhere in the registry) with a few suggestions about correcting this, that would be terrific.
May 1, 2011 7:25:50 PM

Safari Browser (I don't know why using it) is registered as the search app. to run.
You will have to find it in registry and remove it, most likely Hkey_Current_User or Hkey_Current_Config. Always backup registry first. Make sure you only delete it where it references Search App.
Personally I would uninstall and remove Safari altogether, no browser is faster than Seamonkey (new Netscape, still Mozilla) or offers better security.

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May 1, 2011 8:25:55 PM

Right click on start menu>properties>start menu tab>customize>advance>is the search box checked? (Have the upper, "Start Menu" selected, not "Classic Start Menu")

Still no good?...

start > run > cmd
regsvr32 /i C:\Windows\Srchasst\srchui.dll
regsvr32 /i urlmon
regsvr32 jscript
right-click windows/inf/srchasst.inf > install

Still no joy?...


Should look like Exactly like this:

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May 1, 2011 10:02:48 PM

Hi all, many thanks for the suggestions & in particular the one from Tigsounds. Issue resolved itself having carried some uninstallation of unused software, so something had caused a conflict which was removed.
Still carrying out further cleaning & then need to try & get the DVD drive going properly - I may be back!
May 12, 2011 8:19:01 AM

Best answer selected by Wrinklie1.