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SP3 RC2 Refresh (Apr 1, 2008)
My advice-- wait for the non-RC releases of SP3. I had to run some command line items before I could successfully install SP3 due to an 'Access Denied' more than have way through the install... that coupled with no address toolbar on the start menu is enough to make me dislike SP3 a little...
For future reference, if you yourself use the ‘Address toolbar’ (I love being able to load websites from the start bar avoiding the home page, et cetera) on the start bar—this ‘Address Toolbar’ feature has been removed as an option as of SP3 RC2—maybe RC1, maybe all versions of SP3.
Strangely I’ve heard Vista SP1 still has the address toolbar option ???-- also Windows+R on a keyaboard brings up the run box which has similar features to the address toolbar, if not exactly the same features. But here is a better soltuion than repeatedly typing Win+R...
Solution: Use the ‘Windows Search Deskbar’ although it is not documented much, you can type things like the following:
‘\\serverName\c$\Users’ – Launches UNC Explorer window
‘http://www.google.com’ – loads google in default browser/tabs
‘C:\Windows\’ – loads explorer with the C:\Windows folder in view
into the Windows Search Deskbar’ toolbar and those entries produce identical results to the old Windows Address toolbar from what I found while using it.
The only difference with this toolbar is that it suggests items that are indexed on your computer as you type as well as the websites/locations you’ve visited in the past.
The idea that they needed to remove the Address toolbar for legal reasons is absurd-- yes, please remove my convenience items-- Yeah, I want the government to tell me what my OS should look like-- thanks guys! It would use your default browser anyway. Don't touch 'our' XP! As far as Windows goes XP is the grail and Vista is trash.