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 and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.