Restore search context menu option in Vista SP1+

Windows Explorer gives a “Search…” option when right-clicking a drive-letter or a folder. This option has been removed with Windows Vista SP1.

The rumor says this has happened to prevent the Microsoft Desktop Search from being too well integrated compared to third party search engines. More Info Microsoft to address Google search complaint in Vista SP1

The “Search…” context-menu items has been hidden by registering them as being legacy verbs for backward compatibility. More Info Verbs and File Associations

Restore the “Search…” option by removing the registry string value LegacyDisable from these locations:

  • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Directory \shell \find]
  • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Drive \shell \find]