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Windows 7: Start-Menu

16 Jun 2010   #1
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 
Start-Menu

I'm pretty new at using Windows 7 (roughly 2 months), I've installed a program called "Classic Start-Menu" to make my start menu look like classic one. However, there is one thing that it didn't get rid of: The "search" function in the start menu. I have absolutely NO need nor want of this ludicrous item, and I do NOT use it!

I can use the Windows key on the key board to open the Start-Menu, but if I try and hit the P key to open the Programs list, the stupid Search box has the typing symbol in it whenever the Start-Menu opens, and I absolutely hate it. How do I get rid of this useless item from the start-menu?


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16 Jun 2010   #2
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Perhaps you could turn it off under "Turn Windows Features On/Off" in the control panel. I'm not 100% sure though.

Edit: Here is great resource:


Windows Search - Turn On or Off
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16 Jun 2010   #3
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Uhhh...I think that's a little too many negatives to turn that feature off. I just want the search box in the start menu gone. Not everything else. If that resource just turned off the search box in the start menu, I'd do it. Anything else?
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16 Jun 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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16 Jun 2010   #5
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

lol Same thing as first guy, but oh well. If it's the only way to get rid of the box, I'll do it. Thanks.
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16 Jun 2010   #6
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Since you are using a 3rd-party application in place of the start menu, your best bet is to contact the developer of that app and ask how to remove the search. I don't expect people here to know how to do this, particularly since you don't mention which application you are using

If you simply need a classic start menu with no search box, I suggest you try my software Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

P.S. I want to stress this - the search you see in this 3rd-party app IS NOT the same search from the Windows 7 menu. So any advice how to remove the Windows 7 search will most likely not work for the app that you have installed.
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16 Jun 2010   #7
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

I'll check it out, thanks. The software I installed is called "Classic Start Menu". When its running, it has a dark green icon with a white check in the icon.

I installed yours and uninstalled the other one. Yours looks pretty cool. Thanks!
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16 Jun 2010   #8
rixto003

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

cool stuff Ivo... does it have options to choose witch customizations want or does it apply all? (just want to make sure since my box is kinda overcustomized and i wanna do it more-more-more until it blows so i would get a new one finally )
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16 Jun 2010   #9
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

It is most likely the one by ordinarysoft. I haven't played with this start menu for a long time, but from what I rememeber there is a tray icon to access the settings. If there is an option to turn off the search, it will be there.
You can also send a message to the author from here:
http://www.classicstartmenu.com/contact.php
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16 Jun 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Richard, have you perhaps tried using the search bar?

When I made the switch to Vista (a year or so after it came out) I was in the same boat; I hate that stupid search bar.
Then I realized that you can search for programs from there, and instead of taking 15 or 20 seconds to navigate all the folders (especially if you don't remember where it is) I can just hit the windows key and type in the name and hit enter.
So starting iTunes for instance, it is just Win key, iTunes, enter and it starts!

I ask that you at least try using it for a little while. You may find you like it.
You may still decide you don't like it as well, and in that case, we can keep trying to figure out how to remove it.

I have to say, I have never heard of this being possible, so you may be disappointed.

~Lordbob
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