Remove the prompt for Downloading Windows Search in Internet Explorer 8

In Internet Explorer  ( IE 8 ) , whenever you are typing in the address field, the browser always suggests ‘Download Windows Search’ as the first prompt. You want to get rid of this annoying prompt since you do not want to use this Windows Search. A prompt appears if Windows Search is not installed or deactivated. You can get rid of the prompt permanently via a registry entry. In order do that,

  • Open ‘Run’ in the start menu, enter ‘regedit’ and click ‘OK’.
  • Navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Windows Search’ in the Registry Editor.
  • Click in the right part of the window and open ‘Edit > New > DWORD value’. Then type ‘Show-Prompt’ and press Enter.
  • Leave the specified value as ‘0’ and close the registry.

From now on, whenever you start Internet Explorer, you will never come across this annoying prompt. Nevertheless, if you want to install Windows Search again later via this
path, simply re-delete the newly created registry value by selecting it in the Editor, pressing [Del] and answering the subsequent security prompt with ‘OK’.

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August 4, 2010 by: Prasanth Chandra

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