A search window opens unexpectedly after you deploy a Group Policy to disable Windows Explorer search elements in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Symptoms

Assume that you deploy the following Group Policy to disable Windows Explorer search elements on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\Remove Search link from Start MenuThen, you click the taskbar and press the F3 key. In this situation, a search window opens unexpectedly.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or a Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes


Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.1.760
    0.
    16xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    RTM

    GDR

    6.1.760
    0.
    20xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    RTM

    LDR

    6.1.760
    1.
    17xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    GDR

    6.1.760
    1.
    21xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    LDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:45

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.16744

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:27

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:41

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.20885

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:28

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:51

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.17547

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:36

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:35

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.21646

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:18

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

07:29

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.16744

2,870,272

21-Jan-2011

07:07

x64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

07:35

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.20885

2,871,296

21-Jan-2011

07:16

x64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

16:50

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.17547

2,871,808

21-Jan-2011

16:32

x64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

07:29

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.21646

2,871,808

21-Jan-2011

07:10

x64

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.16744

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:27

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.20885

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:28

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.17547

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:36

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.21646

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:18

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:28

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.16744

4,212,736

21-Jan-2011

06:09

IA-64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:31

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.20885

4,212,736

21-Jan-2011

06:07

IA-64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:12

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.17547

4,213,248

21-Jan-2011

05:56

IA-64

Explorer-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,065

21-Jan-2011

06:26

Not applicable

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.21646

4,213,248

21-Jan-2011

05:59

IA-64

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.16744

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:27

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7600.20885

2,614,784

21-Jan-2011

06:28

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.17547

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:36

x86

Explorer.exe

6.1.7601.21646

2,616,320

21-Jan-2011

06:18

x86

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

After you deploy the Group policy, the following registry entry is created:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoFindThe type of the registry entry is REG_DWORD, and the value of the registry entry is 1.

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

X86_2b67e9571c24854118a5465512dab330_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_438d7f713394e8df.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

696

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

X86_4bae6a625528c7b115a2596c6a718e8f_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_4aecdccac98a479d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

696

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

X86_9b6372b55b3a7b41e31a3bff6e12eba9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_ed61dbc754c9ed35.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

696

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

X86_b8d1465fe6564aa64472628cf410e964_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_bab68dbb0c6f80e7.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

696

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_51b54433daf06fb1.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,185

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:58

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_5214a198f42d9896.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,185

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:57

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_539ea217d81427a2.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,185

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

21:59

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_54273e98f132ae15.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,185

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:47

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_090630b88171bd482b5881175a6598b5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_bc8b9fb85845dcbe.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:39

File name

Amd64_59b2534e7bc77519f1f3034805ec3edb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_fd2db5b274a2e455.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:39

File name

Amd64_793d63616c436fd368dde8de828f6966_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_99cc50ac7b070820.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:39

File name

Amd64_b8758823fc3699549f484f5807c941df_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_dadf79dc3f8df322.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:39

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_add3dfb7934de0e7.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,189

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:51

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_ae333d1cac8b09cc.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,189

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:52

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_afbd3d9b907198d8.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,189

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

21:26

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_b045da1ca9901f4b.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,189

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:48

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_b8288a09c7aea2e2.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:54

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_b887e76ee0ebcbc7.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:53

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_ba11e7edc4d25ad3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

21:16

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_ba9a846eddf0e146.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:43

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_40b60b469058ff297eac853b6aade1a6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_19d22e8736b5f1cd.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,040

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

Ia64_457ba816dcdb4e9fa228b5cb18e20921_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_b11e1f7cf94771ca.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,040

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

Ia64_6ae362dea2f1664ff17d4a2ff1105be4_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_d3ef3024fd10fb8e.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,040

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

Ia64_d4d0a4164dbff8c2a3bb41c4b5dbb881_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_7ad8386d6dc05819.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,040

Date (UTC)

22-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

09:38

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_51b6e829daee78ad.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,187

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:49

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_5216458ef42ba192.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,187

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:56

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_53a0460dd812309e.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,187

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

21:25

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_5428e28ef130b711.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

98,187

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:39

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16744_none_b8288a09c7aea2e2.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:54

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20885_none_b887e76ee0ebcbc7.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:53

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17547_none_ba11e7edc4d25ad3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

21:16

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-explorer_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21646_none_ba9a846eddf0e146.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

97,119

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:43

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