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Published on 06.17.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Customization of Indexed Locations

Learn how to prevent customization of indexed search locations in Windows 7.

If enabled, Search and Indexing Options in Control Panel does not allow opening the Modify Locations dialog. Otherwise it can be opened. Disabled by default.

Prevent Customization of Indexed Search Locations

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Search in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent customization of indexed locations in Control Panel in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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