How can I disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP?

A. Windows Explorer contains a new search assistant that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. The new search tool lets you search for specific file types (e.g., multimedia files, document files), computers, and more. If you prefer the old search tool, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, String Value.
  4. Enter a name of Use Search Asst.
  5. Double-click the new value, type
    in the "Value data" field to use the old search tool, and click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
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