Custom Search in Windows® 7
Tips to configure custom search provider in Windows 7 system
The main benefits of using Windows 7 is that it is faster, more responsive and provides streaming media in your home. It has an improved taskbar, full-screen previews and desktop enhancements. In Windows 7 Operating System, search providers are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry key that resides at Software in Microsoft, which is at Internet Explorer from Search Scopes. If you want to automate the process of adding search providers to the computer, you need to use a test Computer tool in order to configure the search engines manually and by specifying the default search engine. So, in order to configure custom search provider in Windows 7 system, you can create a.reg file based on the registry key and its subkeys and distribute it to your client computers.
The following are the tips to configure custom search provider in Windows 7 system:
- Create a .reg file
- Configure the search engines
- Things to be kept in mind
Create a .reg file
In order to create .reg file, you need to start the Registry Editor. For that you need to click 'Start' button and type 'Regedit', and then press 'Enter'. In order to configure search engines for individual users, you need to locate the specific registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes'. In order to configure search engines for all users on a computer, you need to select 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes'. After that, you need to select 'Export' from the 'File' menu. Then, save the .reg file.
Configure the search engines
After creating the .reg file, you need to distribute the .reg file to computers in your organization. In order to configure the search engines, you need to double-click the .reg file for opening the Registry Editor and to apply the settings. For this purpose, you might require administrative credentials. If you need to distribute the updated settings without providing administrative credentials, then you need a developer in order to create a Windows Installer package that creates the registry values and it will distribute the Windows Installer package by using Group Policy software distribution.
Before editing the registry, you need to back up the registry. You can perform this from the Registry Editor utility or also by using a Windows 7 compatible registry tool. Many serious issues might occur if you edit the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. And finally, these issues might lead to reinstall the Operating System. So, you need to be very careful while editing the registry.
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