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Windows Vista's search can get bogged down if you've got a lot of files, emails and contacts on your hard disk. But there's a simple way to make searching zippy again.

Most of your searches will be done in the Search box on the Start menu – and those are probably the times when you're looking for fast results.

Here's a way of speeding up searches that are launched from the Start menu.
First, decide what type of information you're usually looking for when you use the Start menu's search box.

After you've decided that, right-click the Start button and choose Properties. Click the Customize button, which is located next to the Start menu entry; the Customize Start Menu dialog box will appear.

Deselect the boxes next to any type of content you don't want to search. For example, if you only want to search for programs, deselect the boxes next to 'Search communications' and 'Search favourites and history'. Select 'Don't search for files'.

If you only want to search for files, untick the boxes next to 'Search programs', 'Search communications' and 'Search favourites and history'. And so on.

Click ok when you've made your choices, then press ok again. Search will speed up considerably from now on.

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