How to Restore Missing Search Option in Windows Vista Start Menu After Installing SP1?

When you install SP1 in Windows Vista, it removes "Search" option from start menu and you'll no longer be able to use it from start menu. You can still access it using "F3" key.

This tutorial will tell you how can you restore the missing "Search" option in Start menu. We'll use a workaround, we'll replace existing "Run" option or "Help & Support" option to restore the missing "Search" option.

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Restore Search by Replacing "Run" Option in Start Menu:

1. Download following Zip file, extract it and run the extracted .Reg file:

Replace Run with Search

2. Restart your system and you'll see "Search" option in place of "Run".

Restore Search by Replacing "Help & Support" Option:

1. Download following Zip file, extract it and run the extracted .Reg file:

Replace Help & Support with Search

2. Restart your system and you'll see "Search" option in place of "Help & Support".

NOTE: The above registry codes will also add an option to enable / disable "Search" option in "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties". It'll also add "Search" option in My Computer context menu.

PS: If you want to restore "Run" or "Help & Support" options in Start Menu, then download following Zip files, extract and run the extracted .Reg file:

Restore Run Option

Restore Help & Support Option

Also read:

How to Add Missing Search in Folders Context Menu in Windows Vista with SP1?





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