How to Use Internet Explorer Classic Search in IE 6

Many users of Internet Explorer find the Search Assistant feature of Windows XP rather annoying.  To disable the Search Assistant and use IE Classic Search, you will need to edit your Registry.  This is a quick and easy tweak.

Always make sure that a back-up is created prior to editing the registry.  Without a back-up, changes to the registry cannot be undone.  The back-up will restore the registry to the original configuration should issues arise.

To disable the Search Assistant and use Internet Classic Search you will need to:

  1. Go to Start.  Click Run.

  2. Enter regedit.  The Registry will come up.

  3. Expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder by clicking on the little cross on the left.

  4. Locate the Software folder.  Expand the folder.

  5. Next, locate and expand the Microsoft folder.

  6. Expand the Internet Explorer folder.

  7. Go to the Main folder.

  8. On the right side pane of the Registry, locate the Use Search Asst string.
    If the value is not there, you will have to create a new string value.  To create one:

    1. Right click on the white part of the right pane of the box.
    2. Select New.
    3. Click on String Value.
    4. Rename this value Use Search Asst.  Note that there are spaces between the words.
    5. Proceed to the next step.
  9. If Use Search Asst is present, double click on it.  A box will come up
  10. Enter no.
  11. Exit the Registry and reboot your computer.

The next time you open Internet Explorer 6, you’ll be able to do a search without any annoyances.