Get KB Articles Fast

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 2 Feb. 2006]

A registry hack that lets you find KB articles--fast!

If you're an administrator, you probably need to frequently access articles in the Knowledge Base on Microsoft TechNet. The search tool on TechNet is one way to do this, but there's a faster way if you know the number of the KB article you want to view. Just do the following:

Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

   HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl

Create the following new subkey:

   kb

Under this subkey change the Default value to the following:

   http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=%s

Now close Registry Editor and open Internet Explorer. Say you want to quickly get to Knowledge Base article 313348. Here's what you do--type kb 313348 in the address bar of IE. Presto!

Cheers,
Mitch Tulloch
www.mtit.com/mitch/

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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