As you know, Windows XP Service Pack 3 installation removes the Address toolbar (Deskband) in the Taskbar. According to Microsoft KB 951448, this change was made in response to an issue that was raised by a regulatory agency. Address band is a favorite item for most of us, and here is how to restore it back to your Taskbar.

There are third-party Address bar replacement tools to accomplish the task.

1. MuvEnum Address BarMuvEnum Address Bar is the ultimate replacement for the missing address bar in Windows XP SP3. It recreates the experience of the original address bar with auto-completion while adding many new features that allow you to quickly open webpages, navigate to favorites, start programs, search the internet, and more from you Windows Taskbar!

2. Niversoft – Address taskband replacement for Windows XP SP3 (direct download)

MuvEnum Address Bar required .NET Framework 2.0 to be installed in the system. So I chose install the 2nd one (Niversoft), which does not require .NET Framework.

Editor’s note: There is an unsupported tip circulating on the net on how to restore the Address band by copying an older version of browseui.dll to the Windows\System32 and the DllCache directories. That might make the system vulnerable!


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2 Comments

  1. Khiev954@gmail.com
    said this on Thursday, April 5th 2012 1:13 am

    Many thanks for bothering to write this — I found it genuinely priceless. Are there any similar articles or blog posts similar to this on the blog site?

  2. 29percy
    said this on Sunday, November 28th 2010 9:08 am

    I’m installing this because Facebook says I don’t have cookies enabled. I have enabled them fully but for some reason Facebook does not recogize this.

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