Monday, July 14, 2008

Unlocking Windows Desktop Search

If you have Windows Desktop Search installed by your corporate IT or the like, they may have locked it so that you can't tell Windows Desktop Search where (file system paths) and what (file extensions) to index. Thanks to one of my sys admin friends (I won't name any names in case he wasn't supposed to tell me this) I can now tell Windows Desktop Search to search where and what I want it to, and thus make it a little more useful.

The restriction is created using a group policy. The group policy can be removed by deleting two keys from the registry found at:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

This should make the group policy for these items to not configured. You should also be able to just set the values to 0 to have a similar effect.

In case you need to restore, or just want to know what you are deleting a head of time, here is an export of the registry entries prior to the change.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]

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