Disable Windows Desktop Search update in Office 2007

Hi All.

I'm having a bit of a problem with the Windows Desktop Search update popup in Office 2007. I have distributed my package (made with Microsoft Customization Tool), but when a user opens Outlook for the first time, a popup with Windows Desktop Search update appears.

How do i disable that window? i tried with regmon but can't find the right reg-key.

Please help [:(]

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Posted by: clauretano 13 years ago
Yellow Belt
It's a quick option to disable from within the app (see this blog post for details: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/01/23/outlook-2007-tip-remove-windows-desktop-search-prompts/) but I too have yet to find the appropriate registry key to add to the deployment package. If I find something I'll let you know

Edit: ok, so the option is in the Office Customization Tool after all. In the "Modify User Settings" section, under Outlook, Tools|Options, Preferences, Search Options.
Posted by: jakeld 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Here all the reg changes I make to office 2007.

; Remove privacy option popup
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\User Settings\Product code]


; Disable windows desktop search popup


; Delete registered user info

I did not test the WDS poup yet, give a try and let me know.
Posted by: Daz 9 years ago
Orange Belt
Before I go on - I know that this is a really old thread - I'm just updating for completeness as we are still only rolling Office 2007 to some departments and I needed to head this issue off.

Quick correction to reg changes above. The disable search download popup reg value is:

Key: HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Office/12.0/Outlook/Search
DWORD: DisableDownloadSearchPrompt
Value: 1

To set by GPO you need the Outlook 2007 GPO ADM "outlk12.adm". The policy is then found here:

User Configuration/Microsoft Office Outlook 2007/Tools|Options.../Preferences/Search Options.
"Prevent installation prompts when Windows Desktop Search component is not present" - set to Enabled

It can also be set, as stated by clauretano above, in the OCT.

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