How to Add Missing “Search” Option in Folder Context Menu in Windows Vista After Installing SP1?

If you are using Windows Vista and you installed Service Pack 1 (SP1), you might have noticed that the good old "Search" option no longer appears in folder context menu (the menu which appears when you right-click on a folder icon). Actually the new SP1 automatically removes "Search" option from folders context menu in Windows Vista.

It sounds strange but its true. But if you want to get the "Search" option back, this topic will help you.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a Registry tweak which will help you in getting the missing Search option back in folder context menu in Windows Vista after installing SP1:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find

2. In right-side pane, you'll see a String "LegacyDisable", delete it.

3. That's it. Close Registry Editor and the missing "Search" option will be back in folders context menu as shown in following screenshot:

So enjoy searching folders...





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