In case the search puppy in Windows XP annoys you as much as it does myself, I have a quick and dirty way to lop off its perverbial balls. Here goes:

  1. Bring up a search window. Quickest way to do this hit the the WindowsKey and the letter F at the same time.
  2. Next, click the Change preferences link.
  3. Now, click the Change files and folders search behavior.
  4. Select the Advanced radio button (the bottom one), and click OK.

As you can see, you’ll have the good ‘ole Win2k search dialog. If you want to completely obliterate the puppy altogether, just right click him and select Turn off the animated character. W00f.