Ok, my bad, partially.
When search results for folders appear, the 'Open In New Window' is there - it's up at the top, didnt see it, my mistake.
So this is partially solved.
But I am still looking for a resolution to the other part - for files. The 'open file location', opens the file's folder in the same window - I am looking to get the file to open in a new window. Vista has this behavior. And Vista is NOT set to open folders in new window in the Folder Options.
Any way to do this?