A Search Window Opens When Double Clicking a Drive and/or Folder Icon

The number one cause that I have found for the Search Window opening when double-clicking a folder and/or drive icon is adding a Print/List Directory to the drive and/or folder context menu (right-click menu).

Here is the solution for the problem. You will Administrative privileges to perform the following set of solutions.

CAUTION

Before making any changes to the Windows XP Registry, please backup your Windows XP Registry using the directions from "Using ERUNT to back up the Windows XP Registry

Manual Steps Using Registration Server

  1. Open a Command Window.
  2. Type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.

Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry

  1. Open Regedit.exe.
  2. Navigate to HKCR\Drive\Shell
  3. Right-click (default) to select Modify.
  4. Type none.
  5. Navigate to HKCR\Directory\Shell
  6. Right-click (default) to select Modify.
  7. Type none.
  8. Quit Regedit.exe.

Manual Steps Using REG ADD

  1. Open a Command Window.
  2. Type REG ADD "HKCR\Drive\Shell" /ve /d none
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Type REG ADD "HKCR\Directory\Shell" /ve /d none
  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard.

Automated Fix Using an Registration File

  1. Download Srch.Opns.reg to a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click Srch.Opens.reg to select Merge.
  3. Now the registration entries are added for you.

NOTES

The Srch.Opns.reg file is from my personal web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com). You also can view the contents of the Srch.Opns.reg file by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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Version 1.5
Edited: May 1, 2012

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One Response to A Search Window Opens When Double Clicking a Drive and/or Folder Icon

  1. Pingback: Repairing Search for Windows XP « BillJr's Space

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