Custom search connectors can be added to Windows 7 for searching content within search engines that support OpenSearch standard. A search connector for SharePoint 2010 site can be created with the below steps

1. Copy the below XML to xml editor of your choice

 

 

 

 

 

2. Replace spserver with the name of your SharePoint 2010 server instance

3. Save the file as Sharepoint2010Search.osdx to a folder in Windows 7 machine

4. Double click the file to install the search connector

5. The search connector will be installed in Searches directory

6. You can now search for content in SharePoint 2010 site from the Windows 7 search