Issue - The Search box/area is missing in IE8 (Applies to the previous versions of IE also)
IE Window without Search box
IE Window with Search box
Reason – The Search box will be disabled by some of the tweaking utilities that are installed in the system.
Resolution - To resolve this issue, you have to change the registry key. Perform the following steps:
1. Press Win + R key.
2. Type regedit and press Enter. (Accept any prompts)
3. Navigate to the following registry key
To show the search box, create a dword value named NoSearchBox and set it to 0
To show the search box, create a dword value named NoSearchBox and set it to 1
If you don’t want to play with the registry, download and run the below registry patches.