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In Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista, the Do not search files user policy setting does not work as expected. After you enable the Do not search files policy setting, you can still search for files by using the Start Search box on the Start menu.
However, you cannot use the Start Search box on the Start menu to search for files when you enable the Do not search for files policy setting on the Taskbar and Start Menu item in Control Panel.
This problem occurs because Windows Explorer does not correctly read the Do not search files policy setting that Group Policy writes to the registry.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Steps to reproduce the problem
Article ID: 947018 - Last Review: January 16, 2015 - Revision: 2.0