Disable Search Assistant on XP

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, String Value.
  4. Enter a name of Use Search Asst
  5. Double-click the new value, type no in the “Value data” field to use the old search tool, and click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.

Disable Autorun on XP

Another solution is go to the following key in the registry
HKEY_CURRENT_USER-> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows ->CurrentVersion ->
Policies -> Explorer
Create a REG_DWORD – NoDriveTypeAutoRun , give it the following value –
0x10
Then restart explorer.