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/

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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