Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Now that we're starting to open the floodgates to the masses, one thing that will likely become apparent is that there are some subtle user interface changes. For those of you that like to click the Windows Pearl (also known as the Start button), then click Search, you are in for a little surprise.
As you can see to in the screenshot at right, the Search menu item is missing in action. Why?
Well, for the gory details, you'll want to review the KB article at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/941946 and some of the developer documentation at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb776808.aspx.
From the KB, here are some of the changes to the user interface for Windows Vista SP1.
This update also sets many of the general search entry points in Windows Vista to use the new search protocol. The new search protocol calls the default desktop search application. These search entry points include the following:
Well, I don't think I'll miss it, I never used it anyway. It took me five minutes to figure out what had changed.
Maybe place an arrow or X on the screenshot so we know what we're looking for.
Or, not looking for, as in this case...
I know that these changes in general were made for ... competitive reasons :) ... but I don't see why the Search menu item itself had to go. Couldn't it have been made to just launch the default search application?
I'm with you on this. Since you can obviously use the engine that will not be named, I see no reason for it to disappear. Strange.
I use the right-click search feature all the time. I just installed SP1, and now it's gone. That is going to drive me crazy! Why is that a good idea? How can they just remove something so useful? What the heck is Moronsoft thinking?
To restore the context menu, rename or delete the "LegacyDisable" value under the following registry keys:
I agree - the start menu search button shouldn't have been removed. Surely it couldn't have been that difficult to make it launch the default search application?
Thanx much for posting this fix. I really missed that feature.
Restore the Start menu Search link in Vista Service Pack 1 | The Winhelponline.com Blog:
I am utterly amazed that Microsoft sunk to such low levels. Sure, power users can remember to press window-f or start-f3, or hack their registry. But now regular users are lost in the dark. I bet some people will never use vista again because of this. Am I wrong? Are there really that many people who use third party search engines?