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Windows 7: Windows Search - Turn On or Off


18 Sep 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Windows Search - Turn On or Off

How to Turn Search On or Off in Windows 7



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09 Jan 2011   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Glenn. You might alsos take a look at the free program Start Menu 7 to see if that may be more usable for what you are wanting as well. It's pretty customizable.

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10 Jan 2011   #21
Glenn a windows

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks again, Brink. I had found that one, but since FreeLaunchBar solves a significant % of my issues, I decided that yet one more TSR tweak program wasn't necessary to learn, install, and configure. But if I could get the real start menu back... I may eventually choose to turn off Windows search completely, because I don't use it much, and I do use Agent Ransack.
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10 Jan 2011   #22
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Glenn.
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08 Sep 2011   #23
voiv

windows 7
 
 

Hi there.

I'm thinking in applying this tip you are discussing here. However, I'd like to know if the search box will stay there because my only purpose will be to launch some executables like cmd.exe and such. If it wont then how can those commands be run?
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09 Sep 2011   #24
draftsman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.700 Build 7600
 
 

I found this discussion about the start menu very informative. I've neve found a place more informative as this forum.
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09 Sep 2011   #25
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by voiv View Post
Hi there.

I'm thinking in applying this tip you are discussing here. However, I'd like to know if the search box will stay there because my only purpose will be to launch some executables like cmd.exe and such. If it wont then how can those commands be run?
Hello Voiv,

If you turn off search using the method in the tutorial, it will remove the search box.

Without the search box, you could use a shortcut to run them instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Sep 2011   #26
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I still haven't understood why anybody would turn off search. That being said; does turning off search also turn off indexing?
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09 Sep 2011   #27
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I still haven't understood why anybody would turn off search. That being said; does turning off search also turn off indexing?
Yep, it sure does. It removes the Indexing Options icon from the Control Panel when Search is turned off.
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09 Sep 2011   #28
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks Mr. Brink.
Another question. I have one computer with Intel 510 120 GB SSD. Would it be wise to turn off Windows 7 search/indexing and use a program that only searches /indexes when asked to? Is Windows 7 indexing used by other things besides Search?
I have found Search Everything very useful on my other computers.
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09 Sep 2011   #29
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I don't think you would have any problems, but you could give it a try and see if you do. If you do, you could always just turn "Windows Search" back on with no harm no foul.
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