Several Microsoft programs may prompt you with nag tag informing you to download Windows Search. Installing Windows Search will remove these messages, but the program usually will slow down your computer while indexing files. If you don’t want to install Windows Search and you can’t stand those nag tags, there are a few ways to remove them.

Internet Explorer 8
When typing a web address in the address bar in Internet Explorer 8, a nag tag will alert you to install Windows Search to improve search results.

According to Microsoft, after clicking on the nag tag, the tag will be removed within the next seven days.

If you wish to remove the nag tag manually, follow these steps.

Warning: The following involves modifying the Windows registry. Incorrect modifications can prevent Windows from working.

  1. Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\WindowsSearch
  2. There should be a REG_DWORD labeled ShowPrompt. If not, create one. Change or set the value to 0.
  3. Close and re-open Internet Explorer. The nag will be gone.

Microsoft Outlook 2007
Outlook 2007 will constantly show a banner about installing Windows Search. To remove it, follow these steps:

  1. Open Outlook 2007 and click on Tools in the menu bar.
  2. Click Options…
  3. Click on the Other tab and click on the Advanced Options button.
  4. In the general settings section, remove the check mark by “Show prompts to enable Instant Search”.
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