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30 Nov 2008  

Windows 7 Federated Search Providers

Windows 7 Search Federation Providers

information   Information
With the demonstration of Windows 7`s OpenSearch Providers by Long Zheng (Flickr Search Connector for Windows 7 Search Federation)

I have created these providers for Searching Youtube, Google, Google News, GoogleBlogs, MSN and Yahoo.

Installation and Usage
1st Step: Click on a icon below to install the Search Provider.
Advanced Search Connectors:
These Search Connectors export Additional properties like Thumbnails, Videos, Documents, Images and other files for use directly from explorer!

Flickr Search: (by Zong Zheng) Flickr Search Connector for Windows 7 Search

Deviant Art

Yahoo Image Search

Yahoo Video


Msdn Channel 9

Basic Search Connectors:
These Search connectors only show web page results without additional properties like Thumbnails, Videos, Documents, Images and other files...



Google claim support for RSS based OpenSearch will be Implemented late 2010-2011, I have asked Google for more specific Information but their response was no comment (Recent conversations suggests they never will allow rss based searches)

An Alternate solution has been created by Dan Bugglin, You can read the full story here: OpenSearch Google in Windows 7 (Nicely done, Thanks Dan!)

Google News:

Google Blogs:

SevenForum`s Search:

ebay Search:

Amazon Search:





2nd Step: Open Windows Explorer. You will see you new Search Provider listed under Favorites or under C:\Users\<username>\Searches

Create Your Own Standard Basic Search Provider

Note   Note
Most websites do not support OpenSearch however a little feature of Microsoft`s Live Search allows you to create your own basic Search Provider for any Website and make it able to search that site directly from Windows 7
1st Step: Open Notepad and paste this code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="" xmlns:ms-ose="">
<Description>OpenSearch SevenForums via Live Search using Windows 7 Federated Search</Description>
<Url type="application/rss+xml" template=";query={searchTerms};web.count=50"/>
<Url type="text/html" template="{searchTerms}"/>
2nd Step: Replace the red text with a Shortname you want to call the Search Provider, A description and then replace URL with the website URL you would like to use for Searching using Windows 7

3rd Step: Click File> Save As and change the "Save as Type" to all files (important!), then under filename use (filename.osdx) to allow Windows 7 to recognize the Search Provider osdx extension

4th Step: Open your newly created Search provider to begin searching the website you specified using LiveSearch`s webite RSS Search Feature

Attached Thumbnails
Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-searching.jpg  
Attached Images
Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-digg.jpg Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-mininova.jpg Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-technet.jpg Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-techrepublic.jpg Windows 7 Federated Search Providers-wired.jpg 
Attached Files
File Type: osdx Youtube.osdx (507 Bytes, 64 views)
File Type: osdx Google.osdx (419 Bytes, 9716 views)
File Type: osdx isohunt.osdx (413 Bytes, 7783 views)
File Type: osdx Digg.osdx (387 Bytes, 3133 views)
File Type: osdx Technet.osdx (473 Bytes, 6405 views)
File Type: osdx TechRepublic.osdx (395 Bytes, 2135 views)
File Type: osdx Wired.osdx (418 Bytes, 2085 views)
File Type: osdx Deviant Art.osdx (1.2 KB, 6642 views)
File Type: osdx Yahoo Image Search.osdx (498 Bytes, 5963 views)
File Type: osdx Yahoo Video.osdx (498 Bytes, 4395 views)
File Type: osdx Technet Edge.osdx (531 Bytes, 4838 views)
File Type: osdx Flickr.osdx (593 Bytes, 6451 views)
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