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I use to have a "search script" for XP on my desktop that allowed me to go directly to the Windows Search Companion instead of going Start/Search and then then having to select the"Windows Search Companion" from the "Windows Search" interface.

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I downloaded that from.  Could someone please direct me to it?  

Thanks!
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I have seen these around from time to time. You can google for ways to use Search. Here is one such way that targets the use of Search Companion:

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/42/1/How-to-launch-Search-Companion-with-the-Look-in-option-pointing-to-a-specific-folder-or-drive.html

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That's really close but not quite.  That script is nice because it allows me to set the default folder to search (which will always be the same and that saves me one step).  

HOWEVER, what would be better is if I could make it launch "Windows Search Companion" directly instead of the "Windows Search" app.  A subtle distinction but an important one to me.  If you see the attached screen capture, you'll see the app that launches and how I then click on the link in the lower left to launch "Windows Search Companion".  I would like to avoid that step if possible and that's what the old script did for me.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Darin
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I am using Windows 7 Pro now, and companion search is gone altogether now, so I imagine people are working on newer systems now. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:DarinOBrien
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I'm running Windows Vista and Windows 7 on a couple machines too.  The search apps have changed significantly and not necessarily for the better (at least for my purposes).    I guess I'm old school.

Having said that, is it the last line of the script that determines the app opened:
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace("D:\Data")
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Abstract")
objFolderItem.InvokeVerb("find")

I'm wondering if there's a way to change that to get the right app to open.  I'm sorry, I don't know anything about these scripts.

thanks,
darin
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Well, here's an interesting observation.  I tested this script on 2 different computers.  Both are Dell running XP (SP3).  It works perfectly on #1 computer (i.e. it opens the "Windows Search Companion" app I like).  On computer #2, it opens the "Windows Search" app (the one I don't like).  

It seems I need to turn off/inactivate/uninstall the "Windows Search" app on computer #2 and life would be good.

Suggestions on how to do that?

Thanks
Darin
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You can uninstall Windows Search if you don't want it on Computer 2, and also you can go to Services, set Windows Search to Manual and turn it off (if you do not wish to uninstall it).
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Simply turning off Windows Search didn't do the trick so I uninstalled that POS and voila...the vbs works perfectly!

Thanks for the excellent assist!!!
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Thank you. You are most welcome. Please remember that going forward (as we both noted) all will be different. ... Thinkpads_User
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