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Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1
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Support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) ends on July 12, 2011. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). For more information, refer to this Microsoft web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows
Microsoft has released an update to Windows Vista that includes the following changes:
This article describes the updates to the platform and the user interface that are included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Important The information in this article applies only to installations of Windows Vista SP1 or upgrades to Windows Vista SP1.
Platform updateThe search protocol is intended to be the protocol for calling the default desktop search application. The default application can be Windows Search Explorer or another third-party application.
For more information about the search protocol and the search protocol syntax, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7345683If you develop an application that is meant to use or meant to build upon a specific desktop search application, you should not depend only on the search protocol. Because many applications may own the search protocol, you cannot guarantee that the targeted desktop search application owns the search protocol at any time. Instead, use a private search protocol that is defined by the targeted desktop search application. Similarly, desktop search applications that are intended to be a platform for third-party applications should support both the search protocol and a proprietary search protocol.
Note The search protocol does not replace the proprietary "search-ms" protocol. Applications can still use the "search-ms" protocol to start Window Search Explorer or to silently query the Windows Search indexer.
The default desktop search application for the search protocol is controlled from Control Panel. Use one of the following methods to view or change the default program for the search protocol.
Associate the search protocol with a program:
User interface updatesMicrosoft has updated the user interface elements that are listed in the following table.
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Entry points for the search protocolThis update also sets many of the general search entry points in Windows Vista to use the new search protocol. The new search protocol calls the default desktop search application. These search entry points include the following: