Due to a change in SP1, contextual search has been removed.
(Translation because certain search companies complained, the EU threatened to start another antitrust suit)
“Microsoft has recently published a KB article outlining changes to Windows Vista’s desktop search in SP1 but I’d like to elaborate a little bit based on my own experience with the changes. Windows Vista SP1 allows the user to change their default desktop search provider from the built-in Windows Desktop Search that ships with Windows Vista to another 3rd party desktop search provider. As noted above, the Search option has been removed from the right side of the Start menu. Users will also notice “See all results” has disappeared when doing a search via the Start menu. Instead, you will see “Search Everywhere”. Search Everywhere will launch whatever is the user’s default desktop search program. In Windows Explorer, users will also see a “Search Everywhere” option in the toolbar as well. ” http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2007/09/24/experiencing-windows-vista-service-pack-1-beta.aspx
Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1:
Stealing a post from Dean Wells
You can also restore the context menus –
Within REGEDIT, navigate to
… rename or delete the REG_SZ: ‘LegacyDisable’ value.
Right clicking on the Start button or any other folder will now offer
the ‘Search’ context-menu option.
Each of the following will also bring up the Search Results window –
1. Hit the Windows key and enter your search criteria
a) hit the up arrow three times and then enter if you wish to
search your local media
b) hit the up arrow twice and then enter to search the Internet
2. Windows Key + F
3. Click the task bar and hit F3 on the keyboard
4. Open Windows Explorer or use ‘Start –> Run’ and type “search-ms:”
(without the quotes) and hit enter
5. Open an Explorer window and hit F3
6. From a shell [cmd.exe or PoSH], enter –
7. Create a regular shortcut –
– configure the target as ‘explorer.exe start-ms:’
– name it ‘Search’ or something to your liking
– drop it in the ‘Quick Launch’ toolbar next to the ‘Start Menu’
NOTE – once within the ‘Search Results’ dialog, enter your critera
followed by ENTER to search local media or SHIFT+ENTER to
feed your criteria into IE’s default search engine.