Thursday, January 14, 2010

Using Registry How To Configure Custom Search Providers In Windows 7

In Windows 7 Operating System, search providers are stored in the following registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hives at Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes. If you want to automate the process of adding search providers to the Computer, you can use a test Computer in order to configure the search engines manually comprising specifying the default search engine. Therefore, you can create a.reg file based on the registry key and its subkeys and distribute it to your client Computers.

If you want to create a .reg file follow the following steps:
•    In the Run command box type “regedit” and then press Enter. It will open the Registry Editor.
•    Then in order to configure search engines for any individual users, select HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes.
•    Then in order to configure search engines for all the users, select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes.
•    Now, you can select Export from the File menu.
•    And then save the .reg file.

As you have created the .reg file, you can distribute the file to Computers in your organization. Moreover, if you want to configure the search engines, just double click the .reg file. It will open in a Registry Editor window and apply the settings.
If you want to perform this, you should have an administrative account.

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