Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Removes or disables selected search features.

This entry stores the setting of the Remove Search menu from Start Menu Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.

When the value of this entry is 1, the following features are removed or disabled; when the value is 0, these features operate normally:

  • The Search item is removed from the Start menu and from the context menu that appears when you right-click the Start menu.

  • The system does not respond when users press F3 or the Application key+F (the Application key has the Windows logo).

  • In Windows Explorer, the Search item still appears on the Standard Buttons toolbar, but the system does not respond when the user presses CTRL+F.

  • In Windows Explorer, the Search item does not appear in the context menu when you right-click an icon representing a drive or a folder.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Remove Search menu from Start Menu Group Policy (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Start Menu & Taskbar).

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This entry affects the specified user interface elements only. It does not affect Internet Explorer, and it does not prevent the user from using other methods to search.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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