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IsSearchProviderInstalled method

Deprecated. Determines if a search provider has been installed for the current user and whether it is set as default.




URL [in]

Type: BSTR

String that specifies a prefix to the URL for the search provider.

Return value

Type: Integer

Pointer to an unsigned long integer value that contains return value.

Return valueDescription

The specified search provider is not installed for the current user.


The specified search provider is installed for the current user.


The specified search provider is installed and is set as the default search provider.


Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.


As of Windows 8, this method is deprecated and only returns "0".

IsSearchProviderInstalled was introduced in Windows Internet Explorer 7.

This method indicates whether a specific search provider is installed and is the default search provider for the current user. To determine if a search provider is installed, IsSearchProviderInstalled compares the value of the sURL parameter to the list of installed search providers. If any search provider starts with the parameter value, the method indicates a match.

Sites are only allowed to search for providers on the same domain. For example, images.example.com may search for http://search.example.com; however, it cannot search for providers on microsoft.com or other domain names. Searching for providers on different domains generates access denied errors.

See also

Search Provider Extensibility in Internet Explorer



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