Search unindexed libraries and network location files from Start Menu search box

By default, in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the search function, from the Start Menu search box, does not search libraries that are not indexed. Even if you do try, you will notice that search result does not include libraries that are not indexed. As a result, you will not be able to use the Start menu’s Search box, to search files that are stored on network locations.

But if you want to add this functionality, you will have to apply and download a hotfix from KB2268596 and apply it. This hotfix will add the functionality to search libraries that are not indexed from the Search programs and files box on the Start menu.

To enable this functionality, you will have to  create a registry subkey after you install this hotfix.

To do this, open regedit and navigate to the following registry subkey:


Now in the right panel, right click and select New > DWORD Value.

Name it EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu and give it a value of 1.

Click OK and exit Registry Editor.

If you want to disable the functionality of searching libraries that are not indexed, set the value of the EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu registry entry to 0.

Let us know if this worked for you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. David

    I’ve been looking for a solution for this a long time ago. Thank you!!

  2. Lars-bo

    I have applied this hotfix. But network drives does not show up in the “Indexing options dialog”. Do I have to do more to achive searc on network drives?

    using windows 7 x64 on a windows 2003 server environment.

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