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Windows Search is a desktop search platform that has instant search capabilities for most common file and data types such as email, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, photos, multimedia, and other formats that can be extended by third party developers. These capabilities enable users to find, manage, and organize the increasing amount of data common in home and enterprise environments.

Restart Windows Search or your device. End the SearchUI process to restart Windows Search by following these steps: Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and select Task Manager. In the Task Manager window, select the Details tab. In the Name column, right-click SearchUI.exe, and then select End task. When you're prompted to end SearchUI.exe, select End process.

Windows Search also supports a new property system. For information on filters, property handlers, and protocol handlers, see Extending the Index. Windows Search is built into Windows Vista and later, and is available as a redistributable update to WDS 2.x, to support the following operating systems:

Search and earn with the Windows Search Box. When you need a file, setting, app, or info from the web, use the Windows Search Box on your taskbar to find what you need. Just enter a search and get a preview of the results. Use the filters across the top to narrow your results.