Winaero Tweaker 1.33 allows you to restore the classic search in File Explorer

A quick update here.

Winaero Tweaker 1.33

➕added: You can enable the classic search in File Explorer on Windows 10 version 1909 and above. The one without online content and with the size:, date: filters, etc.
☑️ fixed: the app wasn't able to import bookmarks on Windows 10 properly. E.g. it could only import 5 of 20.

Some screenshots:

Winaero Tweaker 1.33

Winaero Tweaker 1.33

Modern Search

Modern Search in Windows 10

Classic Search

Classic Search enabled with Winaero Tweaker

Download Winaero Tweaker 1.33

You can download Winaero Tweaker using the following links.

Other resources.

Release History | The list of Winaero Tweaker features | Winaero Tweaker FAQ

Thanks to everyone involved in this release, and special thanks to each and every app user!

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12 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 1.33 allows you to restore the classic search in File Explorer

  1. Bob

    Just awesome update. Thanks bro.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Welcome bhai.

  2. Armond

    Good job done!
    So the modern search box may still return after a Microsoft update?
    Hopefully no.
    Thanks again:)

    1. Bob

      It will mostly persist across updates unless Microsoft is evil enough to remove the older CLSID.

  3. Michael Scrip

    Thank you for bringing back Classic Search!

    This was one of my biggest gripes. I hated the “new” search when it was introduced. I didn’t realize how much I searched until Microsoft changed it and made it more frustrating to use.

    Please keep an eye on this in case Microsoft tries these shenanigans again. I really prefer the Classic Search!


  4. George

    Thank you for fixing the bookmarks issue. Haven’t tried yet but I trust your release notes! I bypassed it by simply exporting/importing the relevant registry branch.

  5. Jeffrey Karasik

    Awesome!! For years I have been hoping for a way to restore the Classic Search UI.
    Thank you!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome!

  6. Eric

    Is it possible to enable classic search WITHOUT disabling UAC (EnableLUA value set to 0 in Registry) or using mach2 (that was working on 1909 only, as far as I know), or even WITHOUT Winaero Tweaker?
    Just curious. Thanks.

  7. daveo76

    Using 1.33 When I select “Enable Classic Taskbar”. It disables the clipboard history for working and also disables the windows key shortcut “Windows key+X”

  8. Gumper

    Im trying to use version 1.33 for changing the Win 11 start button back to the way it was on Win 10. But when I use Tweaker, it puts the start button in the left corner fine, but it no longer functions. Clicking on anything in the Taskbar does nothing. Hopefully a fix will come soon?
    Win 11 version 21H2 build 22000.258

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      We are working on the fix


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