How to restore the old search box in File Explorer

The Search box in File Explorer is one of the most used features in the whole file management tool. It saved the day for so many of us in so many ways. But with recent Windows Updates, the old classic search box is replaced by a new more improved, fashioned search box experience that can even search for a particular parameter in the connected OneDrive accounts! But many of the users are detesting this new experience and opting for the classic search box.


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The main problems with the new search box –

1. The most annoying problem with the new search box is that the search results are not appearing instantly in the File Explorer as they were with the older one.

2. The new search box often ‘offers’ many GUI glitches and bugs.

3. Sometimes the new search box stucks and stops responding to further queries.

 

How to get back the classic search box in the File Explorer

Simply, follow these easy fixes to get back to the classic search box in File Explorer.

1. Right-click on the Windows icon and click on “Run“.

2. In the Run terminal, type “regedit” and click on “OK“.

 

Regedit In Run

 

NOTE

In the Registry Editor opens up, click on “File” and click on “Export” to create a new backup on your computer.

 

Export Registry

 


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If anything goes out of hand while altering the registry, you can easily retrieve the registry back to normal.

3. On the left-hand side, navigate to here –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

 

4. Then, on the right-hand side, look for the “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” value.

5. After that, double-click on the key to change it.

 

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6. Then, type “0” in the ‘Value box:’.

7. Finally, click on “OK” to save the change.

 

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8. After that, check out the “EnableLUA” value on the right-hand pane.

9. Again, double click on it to modify it further.

 

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10. Set the value to “0“.

11. Then, click on “OK“.

 

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NOTE

In case if you can’t see any of the above-mentioned keys in the registry, you have to create them.

a. On the right-hand side of the Registry Editor, right-click on the space and click on “New>” and click on “DWORD (32-bit) Value“.

 

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b. Set the name of the key as the missing key.

(If the ‘ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin‘ key is missing, name it “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin“.)

Then alter the value of the key steps mentioned above.

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After doing these, close the registry editor. Restart your computer and you will get your classic search box back.

 

How to restore the new search box in Windows 10

What if you decide to return to the new search box? Don’t worry. Follow these easy steps.

1. Right-click on the Windows icon and click on “Run“.

2. In the Run terminal, type “regedit” and click on “OK“.

 

Regedit In Run

 

3. After that, just go here –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

 

4. Then, on the right-hand side, try to locate the  “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” value.

5. Once you have found it, double-click on the key to alter it.

 

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6. Then, type “1” in the ‘Value box:’.

7. Finally, click on “OK” to save the change.

 

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8. Same way, find the “EnableLUA” key.

9. Then, double click on the key to access it.

 

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10. Now, set the value of this as “1” and hit Enter.

 

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That’s it! You have successfully restored the new search box on your computer.

Your problem should be solved.

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