This series allows you to make important changes to the look, feel and behavior of your Microsoft Windows XP with just the help of the good ol’ Notepad. These tweaks, performed on the Windows Registry, can be undone, but it’s very important that you follow a few steps and remember that the lines you are about to copy must be carefully selected and/or copied, because a single misplaced / missing / added character may seriously damage your OS.
Usually, accessing Windows Search in Windows XP would require either to open the Start Menu or to simultaneously press the Windows key and the S key. By adding just the line above to your tweaks.reg file and running it, a new option will become available: running it from your desktop. As opposed to other XP tweaks, this one doesn’t even require a reboot and not even logging off. All you have to do is to refresh your desktop, et voila, the Search icon will be there.
As promised, all added icons can be easily removed. So, all you have to do is to place the above line at the bottom of your optimization file and, after a quick refresh, the Search button will be gone.
All the above is also true for Run… well, except for the fact that Run can be launched by simultaneously pressing the Windows key and the R (and not S) key. As you have surely noticed, the addition is almost identical. The string between the two braces is the only difference from one example to another. Everything else stays exactly the same.
So, now that you’ve learned “how to fish” and you have the fishing rod in your hand, here’s a list of other strings for you to choose from, which can be placed between the two braces (and the icons that will be appear after running tweaks.reg):
D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153 - Administrative Tools
6DFD7C5C-2451-11D3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF - Folder Options
D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524152 - Fonts
2559A1F1-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0 - Help
FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000 - History
7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E - Network Connections
2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D - Printers and Faxes
7BE9D83C-A729-4D97-B5A7-1B7313C39E0A - Programs folder
E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD - Scanners and Cameras
D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF - Scheduled Tasks
48E7CAAB-B918-4E58-A94D-505519C795DC - Start Menu folder
0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1 - Taskbar and Start Menu options
7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933 - Temporary Internet Files
7A9D77BD-5403-11D2-8785-2E0420524153 - User Accounts