Add Vista-like search capabilities to Windows XP

Windows Desktop Search

By Deb Shinder

If you aren't ready to upgrade to Vista, you can still improve on Windows XP's built-in search engine. By installing Windows Desktop Search (WDS), a free download from Microsoft, you can get search capabilities that are similar to Vista's Instant Search.

Let's a look at WDS and see how to install it and put it work.

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By Jody Gilbert

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic.