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Outlook 2013 search broken if Windows search enabled

Question: Outlook 2013 search broken if Windows search enabled

I've using a copy of outlook 2013 that displays "Sorry we couldn't find what you were looking for" if i try to run any type of search, i can get it to function if i've disabled the Windows Search and Indexing services through Add/Remove windows features.
 
I've tired:
Reinstalling outlook, deleting and reconfiguring the outlook profile, rebuilding the index with both Outlook selected and deselected, repairing my PST, even backing up everything, deleting everything, reinstalling/restoring everything of outlook (not windows).
 
has anyone experinced similar and/or know how to fix this?

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Answer: Outlook 2013 search broken if Windows search enabled

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As topic title says.

I have windows search disabled, but do find myself occasionally searching through emails, is it enough to just enable indexing in outlook or does it require the OS indexing also enabled.

Answer:does outlook indexing need windows search enabled to work?

You should be able to search (slower) with indxing turned off. Better yet, you can modify indexing to only search in specific places/for specific things. If you disabled windows search service, I don't know if you are able to search still. You should only need to deselect the harddrive/folders/files that you do not want to index.

Go to indexing options>modify to find where you can disable searching for specific things.

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after upgrading to Windows 10, i'm not able to search inbox in outlook to find any existing emails. I use office 365, which I believe is outlook 2013?!

It comes up with an error saying 'search results may be incomplete because items are being indexed'. clicking on it, it says 12000 to be indexed, but this goes to zero as it did yesterday, then back up again this morning. still no luck once it does reach zero!

have tried rebuild in search options/indexing options but still not working.

any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Cant search emails in Outlook 2013 (365) after windows 10 upgrade

any ideas would be appreciated..

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A few days ago Microsoft forced a major Windows 10 features update on my computer and some things now do not work as they did before. I noticed that when I tried to do a search for anything on some outlook mail boxes it would never finish. On some mail boxes it seems to work, with "current Mailbox" and "Subfolders" while on others it does not. Where it worked before on "All Outlook Items" nothing now ever completes.

I tried working with Microsoft support and their fix was to reload Office 2013 which did not change anything. I rebuilt the Index for Microsoft Search and made sure the Outlook folders wee included and am still having issues.

Advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Whenever I use this Windows Search to find something,

no results appear.

This is the only thing that shows up:
I'm not really sure what information you need to help me with this issue, so just request it as needed and I will provide it.
 

Answer:Windows Search is Broken (No items match your search.)

I'm not sure if it'll be any help, but here is my DxDiag info.

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System Information
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Time of this report: 8/9/2012, 22:12:46
Machine name: JARED-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: 12992PU
BIOS: Phoenix BIOS SC-T v2.1
Processor: AMD A6-3420M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 7654MB RAM
Page File: 2431MB used, 5220MB available
Windows Dir: C:\windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9647)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9647&SUBSYS_397017AA&REV_00
Display Memory: 971 MB
... Read more

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Hi there,
I have been using Outlook 2013 for 6 or so months running on Windows 8.1 and connecting to Exchange 2010. Search has been working fine mostly by going Ctrl, Shift F to begin a search, and choosing appointments, tasks or contacts.
About 4 weeks ago search in contacts stopped giving results. You can still search appointments and tasks and get the expected search results but searching contacts comes up with only contacts created in the last few weeks. The contacts can still be searched from my phone and on Outlook Web Access. If you go to the contacts view in Outlook 2013 you can still see them. On another computer with Outlook 2013 they can still be searched.
I did some research and found that in Outlook if I go file > options > search > indexing options that you can see where outlook searches. When I first went in, the outlook folder where the ost resides was in the exclude column. I removed it and added it back in to the included locations. Didn't help.
I have also seen on the internet that the Windows Search service can cause similar issues. I have restarted it because it was already going but it didn't help. When I restarted my computer it was running after the restart.
I have also read that removing the app "Microsoft Outlook" from indexed locations closing out of options and going back in and adding it again so it reindexes it can help. It didn't help.
I have tried going into Advanced options and on the Index Se... Read more

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I downloaded the Office 2013 preview and used it for a while (without uninstalling Office 2010). One thing that I didn't like is that, although my e-mails were indexed for searching within Outlook 2013, using Windows unified search (clicking the Microsoft button and searching for a phrase, for example) only turned up old e-mails that had been received and indexed when I was using Outlook 2010, but nothing received after installing 2013. Also, no previews of the old e-mails were available in the preview pane of the search window. Maybe all this was because I still had 2010 installed?

I'm interested in buying 2013 but I'm not going to do it if I can only search for e-mails within Outlook or if I can't preview them using Windows search. Can someone confirm for me whether 2013 is working as 2010 did with respect to Windows search, inlcuding previews if the preview pane is selected? Thanks..
 

Answer:Outlook 2013 / e-mail search question

OK, I answered my own question by shelling out $99 for Office 365 Home. Microsoft continues to believe that users don't want to use Windows search to search for e-mail messages or their contents, even though Microsoft itself delivered this technology when it first released Desktop search and then integrated it with Windows in Vista and Win 7. I use this feature literally every day. It's very frustrating when a software company takes something away that people have found useful, for no apparent reason. I can't believe that it was somehow not possible to retain the feature - it seems more likely that it took some work to disable it.

Yes, I do know that I can search for my e-mails within Outlook 2013. That's not how search is effective for me. I'm looking for something that I know I have, and I don't know if it's in a document, an e-mail, or whatever. I want to do what I've been able to do for several years now - one search to find my information, wherever it may be.

Even more frustrating, I can't keep Outlook 2010 as my e-mail client and use Office 365 for all the other Office suite apps (Word 2013, Excel 2013, etc.). Even if I keep and use Outlook 2010 as my "default" e-mail client, that doesn't solve my problem, and anyway, even with the default box checked in Outlook 2010, it's not really the default. Why do I say this? Because I uninstalled Office 365 and left Outlook 2010 (and the rest of Office 2010) insta... Read more

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My normal search is working fine. Indexing is also fine. But when i try for advance search, result box appears grayed. Even after entering search keywords result windows still completely grayed like without search. Thanks in advance for help.

Thanks
Amar

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Hello,
Can someone tell me some specifics and pinpoint the differences (or maybe a good website) that would pinpoint the differences between the Windows 7 search and the outlook 2007 search? I know the outlook search searches through email but are there other difference I am overlooking between the two? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows 7 search files and folders vs Outlook 2007 search

Hi and welcome to the forum.
This is like trying to compare chalk and cheese!
Instant Search helps you to quickly find items in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. The Instant Search pane is always available in all of your Outlook views, such as Mail, Calendar, and Contacts.
The Windows 7 search facility will search everything on your computer depending on the parameters you set in the indexing system.

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I'm not really sure how to explain this and this is my first post so I think I will just show you, yeah, that's probably the best way. The best way I see to explain it is instead of a list of the files and programs found in the start search showing up it just shows a few files like Documents.file, Programs.file, Files.file, or crap like that, when I click one of them it gives me a Windows Security Error message that I will put in a thumbnail like the search.. Please help? I need this searcher, everything else works fine but the start search. (SearchFail.zip is both images in a zip)

Answer:Start Search broken, doesn't return search.

Hi,

Please open an elevated command prompt using Start Orb > Programs > Accessories, and then right-click on Command Prompt, and then select Run as Administrator.

In the Command Prompt window, type

sfc /scannow

Let in run through, and then post the results here.

Regards,
Golden

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I'm using Windows Search a lot as I'm heavily dependent to e-mails at work and almost always need to look stuff from my huge pile of e-mails. Windows Search is working so great that I can even suggest it to everyone :)

However when you first click on the search always the screen in ws1.jpg comes up.

What I want is that window to come up as it's seen in ws2.jpg, where the Search option (which enables the toolbar on the left) is always enabled.

Is there a way to do this? So that I don't have to click on Search button every time I need to search for e-mails.

Thanks in advance,

Meibrah

Answer:How can I set the Windows Search toolbar to be always enabled?

Hi Meibrah,

I don't think anyone uses Windows Search as it's such a heavy drain on resources!

Hopefully this bump will help!

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Hello,

I have never come across this before in all my years dealing with browser issues. After I enter a search term on bing.com, google.com, or yahoo.com, the browser idles and does not load the results. This happens too on IE and Chrome. Other websites load fine.

Any idea?

Thanks!

Answer:Search Functionality Broken - On All Search Engines

Try clearing out all your internet history, cookies, cache and temporary internet files in all of your web browsers.

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Hi
I'm testing EMET 5.2 for deployment into our environment.  However I've come across an issue which causes Outlook 2013 to crash when EAF is enabled.
The following is from the event log:
Faulting application name: OUTLOOK.EXE, version: 15.0.4711.1000, time stamp: 0x55091de4
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.3.9600.17736, time stamp: 0x550f4336
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000005473b
Faulting process id: 0x1774
Faulting application start time: 0x01d078b41581d9d3
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OUTLOOK.EXE
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Report Id: 53710d64-e4a7-11e4-8277-60571871a781
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Is there any way to have EAF enabled, or all good to leave it off the list?
Andrew

(Question moved from https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/aeaa583e-b479-4189-a859-1b5cf58080b6/emet-52-crashes-outlook-2013-when-eaf-enabled?forum=w8itprosecurity)

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Problem: Search does not work but the start menu works fine. I've rebuilt the index several times. It just spins saying "We're getting search ready" for hours.

Background: I did an upgrade over Win7Pro keeping all apps, some of which were on a 2nd drive. 99% of the way thru the UG went off into the weeds so I did a hard reset after 18 hrs of wheel spinning. It was in the "Now I'll do your apps phase". On reboot, I was able to login just fine but no start menu nor Edge browser. After 2-3 more restarts I could not login. I logged into Admin and that worked fine. I created a new user and am using that, and other than search it's all working fine. All new user accts/profiles are find except for the search function.

I went to the MS site and they/he told me to 1) run the Powershell and enter a long string starting with $manifest-(get-appxpackage, etc.....). Did that twice with no improvement.

Suggestion #2 was to run SFC scannow. Did that, it found nothing corrupted after a full scan.

I'm now waiting for their next suggestion, but thought I'd run this up the flagpole here. Has anyone seen this? the only hits I get with Google is this problem but combined with Start screen not working too. But my Start works fine.

Thanks for any ideas (that do not include a re-install). Already have many, many hours into this.
 

Answer:Windows 10 search broken

By saying Search, are you referring to the Cortana bar on the taskbar? Or are you talking about typing into the Start Panel ?
 

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I installed updates today and now when I hit the start button, I can not type into the Start Menu Window to search my computer. Nothing at all happens.
Please note I have disabled Cortana in both the registry and the local security policy.
I have removed all traces of Bing from my system that I can find again through the registry and the local security policy.
I want my search to work as it did in 7, where it searches my computer.
It was working just fine as I wanted it to, until I did updates today. At that time, the updates broke calendar, Xbox, and one other program. I have found some power shell scripts to reinstall these to a working state except XBox, as I'll never use it. Search functionality came back briefly, but it stopped working very shortly thereafter.
What could be causing this? Are there any error logs that may apply?
I rebooted the computer again and now the Calendar app is broken again and refuses to update, and XBox is still broken. I find it hysterical that I have to go to the store to find out what the error code is, and then it is a picture so I can not highlight the text and copy it. The error code for Mail and Calendar is 0x80073D0A and the code for XBox is the same. The internet nor Microsoft themselves have any information about the error.
When I try to launch edge, it opens and then quietly disappears.
I have checked for further updates, but there are none.
I have tried both of the solutions below to no avail.
I have tried creating a local ... Read more

Answer:Windows Search Broken

Hi Welcome to Windows Central! It seems you have tried a lot of things. Not knowing what all you have done, I would suggest a in-place repair. If you need more help, please join the forum! The repair of Windows 10, can resolve many problems in Windows 10 functionality and some times is the most reliable and quickest way to fix the Windows 10 malfunctions. Also the in-place Windows 10 upgrade, which performed with the repair process, ensures that Windows 10 have the latest updates and fixes installed. How to repair Windows 10 with in-place upgrade. - wintips.org - Windows Tips & How-tos Join the Windows Central Community!

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When I have Explorer open and enter "New York City", including the quotes, and tell the Search to search within files, it returns the names of all files containing the word New, OR the word York, OR the word City. What am I doing wrong???

On XP this is SO easy to do!

Alternative would be.... is there a version of grep that runs on Windows 7? If it matters, this computer runs Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

Answer:Windows 7 Search... broken?

The way it works in mine is every letter you type (without quotes) narrows down the possibilities. Try typing one letter at a time and see what happens. I always start from the C: drive.

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Somehow I have screwed my search utility in Windows. I am using Windows XP Pro SP2.

When I click on Search, the old classic windows 2000 search box comes up. I can only search for files or folders. Even stranger, when I enter in my search criteria, it does not work as expected.

I enter *.bas in the file name, YAHOO in the Containing Text, and C:\Program Files\Automate 5\ in the location. It returns only those files that contain YAHOO in the file name.

How do I recover from this? My work around has been to use the search function in MS Word in the Open dialog box.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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I tried to search for a document in windows, its a paper called "My UD2 diet".

I searched for it and it said it's not found, yet I just read it last night and I know it's on the HD.

I also searched for "my" "Ud2" and "diet" with no results.

Why is it doing this?
 

Answer:Windows XP Search Broken

Try looking under the advanced options. If nothing there seems to help search by date>files last accessed>in the last 1 (or 2) days.
 

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If I click the Windows key on my taskbar and type in something like Device Manager or Control Panel, all I get are web search options. Ideas?

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The Outlook Instant Search and Advanced Search (when I press ctrl + shift + f) are not working. The Instant Search says it encountered an error and the Advanced Search just hangs when I run it.

What else can I do since I've already rebuilt the index? Can anyone help me? I can't seem to get an answer, and it would really help me if I could use this feature.

Even if the answer is that I have to completely reinstall Outlook, but I'm not sure that would even help. Maybe there's some virus, and I need to scrap my computer and use the rescue disks. I really hope I don't have to do that, but I will if it is the only way to get this feature to work.
Thanks,
Brad
 

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Hi,

I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and have encountered an interesting problem. I realized it initially when I would press start and begin to type a program's name in order to run it, as I was doing with Windows 7, but it would not find any results and would prompt me to Google the program. I found it strange but didn't think much of it.

Once I started looking into the issue, I noticed when I go to Indexing Options it says "Indexing is not running." When trying to rebuild indexing, it gives the message about how it will take a while, and then does nothing. So I decided to look into Windows Search.

Windows Search is not and will not run. First: If I go to services.msc and try to start the Windows Search service, it tells me that "The Windows Search service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they are not in use by other services or programs."

So I tried through an elevated cmd prompt: "net start wsearch" gives me error 15:

"C:\WINDOWS\system32>net start wsearch
The Windows Search service is starting..
The Windows Search service could not be started.
A system error has occurred.
System error 15 has occurred.
The system cannot find the drive specified."

Finally, and perhaps the strangest thing, one post told me to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows Search \ SetupCompletedSuccessfully and change the value to 0. However, the only thing in the registry under ... Read more

Answer:Windows Search and/or Indexing Broken

Have you performed clean install after the upgrade? It's highly recommended, because there have been known problems when upgrading to W10.

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After upgrading to TH2 I had an issue with windows search. The service wouldn't start at all.

I managed to run the Windows Search service.
I had to delete the Key RebuildIndex and change value of key SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 1.

Now that the search service works I have another problem. The indexing is not working:

In Advanced options the Index Location is blank and the button Select New is grayed out.

When I run the troubleshooter I get : Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories -- Not fixed

The owner of folders C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search and C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search\Data is SYSTEM. Administrator and my user name are added with Full Control.
What could be the problem?

Answer:Windows Search and Indexing Broken

Hi, part of your problem may be addressed towards the end of this thread:

Solved File Explorer Search Not Working - Windows 10 Forums

Modify button: I had to do this once having even lost Indexing Options in Control Panel- I first fixed that, then to solve the modify button being greyed out:
Disable and re-enable the feature through dism.
dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"
dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"

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After upgrading to TH2 I had an issue with windows search. The service wouldn't start at all.

I managed to run the Windows Search service.
I had to delete the Key RebuildIndex and change value of key SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 1.

Now that the search service works I have another problem. The indexing is not working:

In Advanced options the Index Location is blank and the button Select New is grayed out.

When I run the troubleshooter I get : Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories -- Not fixed

The owner of folders C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search and C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search\Data is SYSTEM. Administrator and my user name are added with Full Control.
What could be the problem?

Answer:Windows Search and Indexing Broken

Hi, part of your problem may be addressed towards the end of this thread:

Solved File Explorer Search Not Working - Windows 10 Forums

Modify button: I had to do this once having even lost Indexing Options in Control Panel- I first fixed that, then to solve the modify button being greyed out:
Disable and re-enable the feature through dism.
dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"
dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"

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Recently, my metro search hasn't been working. I usually go to the metro GUI and search for defrag, and click the "Defragment and optimise your drives". But, for some reason, when I click it, nothing happens, this also happens with many other system related programs like device manager, sound etc. I always have to use control panel now to use these programs. Other programs seem to work fine. Any help?

Answer:Windows 8 Metro Search Broken

I have the exact same problem. Recently certain (if not all) control panel items will show on the search but will not launch. Clicking them does nothing (right or left click). Only the Control Panel itself will start, along will regular apps.

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I use the search tool that comes up when you click on the spy glass in outlook 2010. I noticed the
FROM:
search term is missing now in the search terms available. How do I get it back? I attached a screen grab to show the window I am talking about.

Answer:lost search term in outlook mail search

  
Quote: Originally Posted by congaman59


I use the search tool that comes up when you click on the spy glass in outlook 2010. I noticed the
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search term is missing now in the search terms available. How do I get it back? I attached a screen grab to show the window I am talking about.


Hi,

You can follow these steps to activate search tool in Outlook 2010 Search tools > Search options > Indexing options > Modify
Deselect all selected options
Delete and rebuild index (advanced options) and restart machine
Reselect the folders to be indexed.

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Gear: ASUS P3V133 motherboard, 1 Ghz. CPU1 Gb. memory, 80 Gb. HDD, 1/2 capacity availableOther system components have been in place for some time w/out hints of the problem I'll describe.OS fully updated, system frequently scandisked and defragged  - it generally runs well. Has had Norton Anti-Virus running since first powerup, , essentially never a virus problem. Norton Utilities since powerup, always functioned.Just a few days ago, I attempted to run Norton WinDoctor and stalled out. Warned of a Registry corruption which WinDoctor couldn't remedy. At about the same time, I found that the Windows Explorer Search utility wouldn't - insert a search parameter and it just sits there. I use Search constantly - could I have worn it out (grin)...I'm considering a re-installation of WinME - that used to work with earlier versions of OS, also considering upgrading to XP - for various reasons - but will stand by for any and all hints on this subject.My WinMe disk is the upgrade version, should I be directed to go looking for replacement files. If you need any further info to assist in troubleshooting this mess, please let me know.dogboy

Answer:Windows ME Explorer Search function broken

Did you try System Restore?

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please help me, I'm stuck on this problem:

After these updates:
Updates :
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KB:
2416472
2468871
2487367
2533523
2656351
2446708
2468871
2473228
2478663
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2533523
2539636
2572078
2633870
2656351
Silverlight 4.1.10111.0
2584146
2585542
2588516
2603229
2618451
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my search function in the start menu is broken.
So when I enter a search term in the "Search programs and files"
field nothing happens.

Also when i double click on explorer.exe, it gives me this error:
"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing
this action. Please install a program or, if one is already
installed, create an association in the Default Programs control
panel."
All userprofiles , also the newly generated ones, are affected by
this error.

I tried all kinds of registry fixes but nothing helps.
I'm pretty sure it has something to do with these updates
because when I restore my system to a point before these updates,
there are no errors. Then auto-update installs these updates and the
error comes up.

So the cause of this problem has to be one of the updates mentioned above.
At least I think...

please help

liquid

Answer:start menu search broken after windows updates

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

The only practical solution I can think of other than a system restore is to go to your Control Panel and check the View Installed Updates list under Uninstall a Program.

You should be able to see the order they were installed by the date if nothing else, and then uninstall them one at a time, checking each time whether your Search function has returned to normal.

Make a note of which update is causing the problem, and then choose the Hide option when Windows Updates again offers the update in question.

Your problem is one of the reasons I always install updates one at a time. It is more time-consuming, but it does give you the chance to isolate any update that's giving you a problem.

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Today I had run "wsreset.exe" to reset my Windows 10 store after completing the Windows 10 store app icons appear broken in search results in Start Menu. I've attached the image to get the better idea of what I'm talking about. Did anyone face the issue after using "wsreset.exe"? Any solution to it?

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Hi, whenever i click on the "ask me anything" or the microphone or even type into the startmenu, the search does not work at all. no error code, just does nothing. I have been on contact support 3 times. they couldnt fix it and they are unable to escalate it to tier 2 because i would have to pay or because i am on an insider build. Things I have tried:

1. A really long powershell command that i dont remember the exact one
2. Restart
3. Rolling back
4. Making a new user
5. Using commands through command prompt
6. a clean upgrade
7. Disable and uninstall anti virus

If somebody can fix the problem they would be a legend to me!

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Hi, whenever i click on the "ask me anything" or the microphone or even type into the startmenu, the search does not work at all. no error code, just does nothing. I have been on contact support 3 times. they couldnt fix it and they are unable to escalate it to tier 2 because i would have to pay or because i am on an insider build. Things I have tried:

1. A really long powershell command that i dont remember the exact one
2. Restart
3. Rolling back
4. Making a new user
5. Using commands through command prompt
6. a clean upgrade
7. Disable and uninstall anti virus

If somebody can fix the problem they would be a legend to me!

Answer:Windows Search and Cortana broken? Build 14332

ScottMyers911 said:

Hi, whenever i click on the "ask me anything" or the microphone or even type into the startmenu, the search does not work at all. no error code, just does nothing. I have been on contact support 3 times. they couldnt fix it and they are unable to escalate it to tier 2 because i would have to pay or because i am on an insider build. Things I have tried:

1. A really long powershell command that i dont remember the exact one
2. Restart
3. Rolling back
4. Making a new user
5. Using commands through command prompt
6. a clean upgrade
7. Disable and uninstall anti virus

If somebody can fix the problem they would be a legend to me!



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1. Use this tutorial to convert the ESD file to an ISO.
ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File

2. Assuming your 14332 is activated....................
Use the iso file and do a Repair Install
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

Repair Install will allow you to keep your files, settings and apps.
No product key is required.
Activation is automatic.

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Today I had run "wsreset.exe" to reset my Windows 10 store after completing the Windows 10 store app icons appear broken in search results in Start Menu. I've attached the image to get the better idea of what I'm talking about. Did anyone face the issue after using "wsreset.exe"? Any solution to it?

Answer:Broken Windows 10 store app icon in search result.

Problem solved I had to uncheck "Always show icons, never thumbnails" in folder option --> View Tab and restart computer.

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Hi All,
Been pulling my hair out for months working with this OS and MDT. I'm creating a master image (Golden) on a virtual machine and when the software for our organization is installed, and a test user logs into the Virtual machine for the first time, Cortana and search are disabled. Logs also show errors with initializing "Search". Here are my image build steps:
-Install OS, log into machine with default Administrator account
-Create a local administrator account. Log off of "built-In" admin account.
-Log in with "new" local administrator account.
-Install updates. Rename and join computer to domain
-Log into VM with a default domain account (Used to customize apps for domain users). Install and configure apps.
-Log off domain account. Log in with "new" local admin account
-Copy domain user account profile to the "Default" profile. Use regedit to load "Default" hive. Remove references of domain account"
-Remove domain account SID and user folder.
-Remove VM from domain
-Sysprep, and Shutdown.
When I use a domain joined account to log into the VM, Cortana and Search is disabled. When I log into the machine as the newly created "Admin" account. Search and Cortana work as expected. For some reason it seems to be permissions related to the "Apps" folder, but Im not sure. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi All,
Been pulling my hair out for months working with this OS and MDT. I'm creating a master image (Golden) on a virtual machine and when the software for our organization is installed, and a test user logs into the Virtual machine for the first time, Cortana and search are disabled. Logs also show errors with initializing "Search". Here are my image build steps:
-Install OS, log into machine with default Administrator account
-Create a local administrator account. Log off of "built-In" admin account.
-Log in with "new" local administrator account.
-Install updates. Rename and join computer to domain
-Log into VM with a default domain account (Used to customize apps for domain users). Install and configure apps.
-Log off domain account. Log in with "new" local admin account
-Copy domain user account profile to the "Default" profile. Use regedit to load "Default" hive. Remove references of domain account"
-Remove domain account SID and user folder.
-Remove VM from domain
-Sysprep, and Shutdown.
When I use a domain joined account to log into the VM, Cortana and Search is disabled. When I log into the machine as the newly created "Admin" account. Search and Cortana work as expected. For some reason it seems to be permissions related to the "Apps" folder, but Im not sure. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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The title says it all Okay - here's the problem: after uninstalling Copernic Desktop Search I cannot search using Windows Search from the Start Menu. It comes up with an "Application Not Found" error (obviously Copernic) - so, how do I make Windows Search the default again? Note that the index is running and I can search from inside Windows Explorer.

Answer:Windows Search Broken Link Start Menu

Solved it! Okay - here is what I did according to Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 which reads in part:
The default desktop search application for the search protocol is controlled from Control Panel. Use one of the following methods to view or change the default program for the search protocol.

Associate the search protocol with a program:
Click Start, and then click Default Programs.Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.Select the search protocol, and then click Change program.Select the program that you want as the default program for handling the search protocol, and then click OK.I found the Windows Search Protocol at the bottom of the list and changed the default to Windows Explorer - tad-dah! Case closed.

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Check screenshot for more details.

Search function works just fine, for example, in Drive D or E.

Answer:Search function is broken in Windows Explorer -> Libraries -> Documen

Hello dda,

Double check to make sure that the Windows Search service is set to Started and Automatic. If disabled, you could still do a non-index search in normal Windows Explorer folders, but libraries require the index for search to work in them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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The search box is gone from windows explore (not IE) and the startmenu. Researched the issue. Already checked to seach if the search field was enabled in control panel>turn on/off features. Tried turning it off and on then restarting.
Running the ultimate edition. Don't have any past restore points to go back to. I just installed windows 7, my drivers, and my normal software. This is a fresh install with this missing search bar.

I don't have the search bar in Internet Explore disabled with some kind of hack.
I restored default settings in 'folder options' in control panel.

I want to avoid having to reformat . The search feature was working fine. Could i have installed something that is not compatible or conflicting and causing this issue?

I had the search bar for 8 days.

Answer:Search bar in Explore missing (its enabled in features)

Is your toolbar locked? Sometimes they slide around and get lost behind something else. Try unlocking it and sliding your other menubar elements around.

Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size

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I know it's simple, but I can't for the life of me work out the function to search results by a persons age from their date of birth.

I will have a form with a combo box with the following options: Under 20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60+
Selecting one and clicking 'search' will result in a report of all hires by all members in that particular age bracket.

I'm sure it's DateDiff but not sure of how to write it out.

Cheers,

Mark
 

Answer:Access 2013 - Search by age

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Windows search is not able to search the content of pdf files when searching more than 4 digit number. I have pdf files in a folder when I try to search a content eg 7349, it shows the files which are having this number but if I increase the digits to one more e.g 73495, the result is blank. I have already indexed these files. There is no problem if text files are searched. Please advise.

I am not searching in open files. I am searching the folder of pdf files.

Add_ It is a domain pc. Is it possible that it could be some policy.

Answer:windows search not able to search content of pdf when search more

Hello, I'm not absolutely sure which you mean. However- I think you need the solution shown at the end of this post.

1. I think you mean if the text in the pdf file contains 4578, then that text can be found, but 45783 cannot?
And when you do this, is your search string 4 or 5 characters?

2. How are you searching - are you using search in file explorer, or the Cortana search field?

Please note your post (and the other one) are marked as 'Solved' for some reason.

My initial observation (noting the ifilter in the screenshot below):
Using file explorer search on a text-based pdf I would agree that numeric strings do not seem to be found as you'd expect. For example, of the string 765 which I added to a file, and which was indexed, 76 was found, but not 765. (I also added 7654 and 76543).

However, when I converted that pdf to txt, the strings were found correctly.

Similarly, text (which could be found in the file when open in an editor) was not found correctly by Windows search. E.g. Amb was found, but not Ambassador, whereas a windows search of the txt file worked.


How I fixed this:
I downloaded a pdf ifilter:
Adobe - Acrobat : For Windows : PDF iFilter 64 11.0.01
and installed it

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I am trying to figure out why one of my computers redirects your search when you utilize Yahoo, Google, or MSN search. I enter in a topic and the options come up...once I click on any of those web sites I am redirected to other sites. If I use IE or Firefox this happens. I just want to clean up my system.
I have read many of the threads in forums about this but there are many answers so I am not sure which fix is for my system.

Thanks,
Haolegirl

Answer:Redirect when using Google Search, Yahoo Search or Any Search engine

It's a virus that is constantly morphing. Let's see if Mbam will help-----------------------The process of cleaning your computer may require temporarily disabliling some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will s... Read more

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OK, I have this weird problem that I encountered yesterday and i can't fix it. I have this problem on every browser and on my mobile

Answer:Google Search is showing 2013 and using the old style

Are your browsers up to date? I read this a couple of hours ago. BBC News - Google 'discourages' users of old browsers

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Anyone else having this problem. I have superfast Wireless Cable Intenet and while the Google Homepage comes up from a clear desktop, when I try to search it just spins and spins and spins. Other sites don't seem to be affected. This is on Firefox 18 with Windows XP.

Jack
 

Answer:Google Search is SLOW Today (Feb 13-14, 2013)

see if it the same when using IE instead of FF
 

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Hello!
First I'm happy to found a way, if Search don't react.
If I stop the service 'Windows Search' I have the items in File Explorer.
(Restart of the service often brings no result, it works, only if I stop the service .)
Is there a easier way to get find results?
This with 8.1 Prof 64 bit

Answer:Windows Search in File Explorer brings results, if I stop Windows Search service

Now with Windows 10 Windows Search works for me.
The specialty on my configuration was and is,
that data like documents and pictures are located
on the conventional hard drive. Other files are on SSD.
It was necessary to release the folders normally used from ?quick access? in file explorer and to add the really used data folders.
To have also the common access to the data folders I created  junctions with
e.g.
cd /D C:\Users\mine
mklink  /J  Pictures  H:\Users\mine\Pictures
But normally, now I use the items of the newly configured ?quick access? in file explorer.

Thanks all for communicate
Erhy

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My windows and other programs will not update and Windows update redirects to Google. Any searches in google will redirect when I click on a link. I have run Malwarebytes, Superantisyware and Hyjackthis.This is the latest Hijack this log. I would appreciate any help you can give me.Thanks,PaulLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:48:59 PM, on 2/10/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exeC:\WINDOWS\mHotkey.exeC:\WINDOWS\CNYHKey.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exeC:\WINDOW... Read more

Answer:Windows update redirects to google, and other search results being redirected to different search engines

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days since you scanned your computer with HijackThis, we will need a new HijackThis log. If you have not already downloaded Random's System Information Tool (RSIT), please download Random's System Information Tool (RSIT) by random/random which includes a HijackThis log and save it to your desktop. If you have RSIT already on your computer, please run it again. Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT. Click Continue at the disclaimer screen. Please post the contents of log.txt. Thank you for your patience.Please see Preparation Guide for use before posting about your potential Malware problem. If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped. Please post your HijackThis log as a reply to this thread and not as an attachment. I am always leery of opening attachments so I always request that HijackThis logs are to be posted as a reply to the thread. I do not think that you are attaching anything scary but others may do so. While we are working on your HijackThis log, please: Reply to this thread; do not start another! Do not make any changes on your computer during the cleaning process or download/add programs on your computer unless instructed to do so. Do not run any other tool until instruc... Read more

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Windows Phone 8.1 Bing Image Search Broken by not correctly displaying larger image of thumbnails of any images not in the first group of searched images.
So if you search balloons in Windows Phone you find images of balloons, and in the first group if you click any thumbnail of an image the larger image of that thumbnail shows correctly.
But if you go to the second group of images, under the other suggested search topics links seen at the bottom of the first group of images all the thumbnails are there displayed of the second group of images, but if you click one it incorrectly displays the corresponding image from the next group of images down as the larger thumbnail.
Meaning if in the upper left of the 2nd group of images I pick the very first thumbnail image and click it, instead of showing the larger image I expect [like it does with the first group of searched images] it shows the larger images of another thumbnail, it shows the first image in the upper left of the third group of images as the larger thumbnail.
So its off... The images are not properly synchronized. Only in the first group of searched images are the thumbnail and the larger images synchronized. The only way to find the larger image is to select the last thumbnail image in the first group, and when it displays start to scroll through all the images full size one at a time. That really sucks! This just broke the day after Robin Williams dies. Prior to that it worked perfectly for all thumbnails.
inuic1 at... Read more

Answer:Windows Phone 8.1 Bing Search shows wrong larger image of search result thumbnails

Have a brand new lumia 1520. Runs wonderful til this morning. But now when i click in bing search an image to enlarge, witch is in the section after the alterative suggestions, the result not what you would await, it shows a random image ....

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From time to time I think the search settings compromise the search. Where do I find this setting.

Answer:How do i change search settings in windows 10 mobile a different search setting?

What exactly are you wishing to do? What happens to compromise the search?

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I had a probem with my Toshiba Satellite from 2002 with the Windows XP Search Companion Search Result Window (the one with the animated dog in the corner) popping up randomly, causing screen to flicker, when you tried to closed it just kept opening more and more of the same window. Would not let you access it or anything. I had my OS reinstalled Dec 2008 and it worked fine until now, then just started up again. This laptop is used by my Mom just to play the card games it comes with from Win XP, not internet access, no flash drive useage etc. So virus, malware etc could not be the problem. This time I decided to reinstall the recovery disks (3) myself. First I removed and reinstalled the ram memory card and the harddrive. I also lifted the front of the laptop 2" and let drop to the desk (in case a key was stuck) Then did Toshiba reinstall, so harddrive was reformatted etc., BUT, the little dog just persisted in appearing over & over. I went on line and found a few suggestions. I followed this persons suggestion: http://www.peeniewallie.com/2006/01/disable_search.html
and disabled search companion, there are other areas in the registry to disable also, but I went with this way.
Whatever was causing this problem is now corrected. I figured that if you disable the window using search companion with the little dog the problem could not occur. You can still use search though. I read somewhere on the internet that the little animated dog can become corrupt... Read more

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Hello,

Is there a way to search for a file name (like in previous versions of Widows) rather than searching for anything containing that word? For example,
I want to search a for files with the word 'Pension' in the title, but intead I receive thousands of results for files called containing the word pension as well as those with 'pension' in the title.

Thanks!

Answer:Make Windows 7 search function search file names only

Feel free but you could also try using keywords in search filters. See this page under the heading "Using keywords to refine a search"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/advanced-tips-for-searching-in-windows
More info here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa965711(v=vs.85).aspx
Please also read the comments at the bottom of that page - esp the one titled "Lengthy discussion of a related topic "

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Using Windows XP Pro SP3. When I click Start Search, WindowsSearch comes up and I have to click use Search Companion at the bottom of the window. I want to have Seach Companion come up when I click Search without having to open the 2nd window. Many computers I work with come up with Search Companion as the default. I have not been able to locate the file that opens Search Companion.
 

Answer:Solved: Make Search Companion default Windows Search

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PROBLEM: Whenever I do a search for something from the start menu what I want does not show up. When I click see more results on the start menu search box it opens a new Window, remembers my search term and searches in the favorites folder. ALWAYS. Needless to say what I am looking for does not show in results when windows searches in favorites.

So I click on Drive C icon and it goes to drive C but clears my search term from the search box in that nbewly opened window. After I type my search again into the search box in the previously mentioned newly opened window, THEN the computer will finally find what I am looking for.

QUESTION: When I do a search from the start menu and click see more results to open the new window, how can I make the computer to search in the C drive instead of favorites?

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I Just upgraded to Office 365 Pro(which installed Office 2016 apps) , but these apps are not showing in Windows Search but instead shortcuts from Office 2013 are still showing up as Best Match in Windows Search.
eg: Word 2013 shows up when I search for Word but Word 2016 does not show up??

Any clues?
I tried to rebuild my search index but still have the same issue ....

Answer:Office 2013 apps still showing in search after uninstall

Hi, first 2013. Suggest you install Ultrasearch (free), let it index (quick), then search for items related to Office 2013 and see what's left.
(This is a search tool you will want to keep).

Also try downloading Revo uninstaller, run it, and see if Office 2013 shows up.
If the above search finds any remaining folders with exe files, you can use Revo's Forced uninstall to remove them ad related files and registry entries.

My guess is you've still got shortcuts related to those office programs in one or other of your start menu folders. If so, the search should find them.

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I Just upgraded to Office 365 Pro(which installed Office 2016 apps) , but these apps are not showing in Windows Search but instead shortcuts from Office 2013 are still showing up as Best Match in Windows Search.
eg: Word 2013 shows up when I search for Word but Word 2016 does not show up??

Any clues?
I tried to rebuild my search index but still have the same issue ....

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hi. i am trying to search for files on my computer but the SEARCH option
with the little dog gives me no options... but to stare at the dog...
this is a common problem and it was supposedly solved...

the guy who fixed his problem said....

i've tried everything the. When i click search in any explorer window the blue pane opens with the assistant but i have no search options or input boxes any ideas?

THEN he said...

actually i fixed it last light i ended up replacing the search user interface dll in safe mode and rebooting but thanxs anyways

- the problem is i have no idea how i would do this.. i can get in safe mode.. but from there some visual instructions would be nice.. thanks to anyone who can help me solve this...

Answer:windows xp search problem... i can only see the dog.. no search bars or options

Hello vileclown

Open Explorer and go to the Windows\Inf folder.
Locate the srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install.
You'll need your XP CD or the files from the I386 folder.

The Windows\Inf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders.
Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View
Check ?Show hidden Files?
Uncheck ?Hide protected system files?
Apply

You can also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%\Inf to open directly to the Inf folder.

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I have a file, "07-Vendesi saggezza.mp3" which can be found in quite a few directories across the drives on my system.
If I restrict the search to E: then I get a list of occurrences found on drive E: (Search_E.jpg)
If I search "Computer", then the search finds matches, but after finding one match on E: it seems to hang, and eventually displays an incomplete list (Search_Computer.jpg)

Is there something I can do to find all of the occurrences across my system?

Answer:Windows search inconsistent, dependant on scope of search

I would try Everything search. Much faster and more relevant than Windows search.

Everything Search Engine

Bill

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I asked this when i first got 7 about 1.5 years ago, but i never found a good replacement to make 7's file search anywhere near as good or similar as the XP search. Now 1.5 year later, is there anything like that?

Answer:Windows 7 search for files&folders...can i make it search like XP?

Hello iknowjohhny,

If you mean that you woud like to have more accurate search results, then using step 3 in the tutorial may be able to help with that.Search - Have More Accurate Search Results
In addition, you might also take a look at these if you like:Search in Windows 7
Windows Search - Configure and Use
Hope this may help some,
Shawn

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I don't want to use a 3rd party software that's a program. I don't mind if the 3rd party software replaces my search bar

but I want to make my search bar use my HDD and my SSD.

My Windows 10 is in my SSD and let me show you


like i added my HDD but it doesn't search it?

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What I'd like to find is a way to have a searchbox on the Taskbar that launches Windows Search, not the new Windows search. I'm pretty sure it's just a different GUID or namespace. This will do for now though.

From the SevenForums (SF) Tutorial section
Search Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

Download ZipSearch.zip

The compressed folder, ZipSearch.zip, contains three shortcutsSearch.lnkSearch [GUID].lnkSF Search Shortcut - Create tutorial.url

Open the compressed folder and extract one or the other Search shortcuts to your desktop. If you want the SF tutorial for reference - extract that too.
Both search shortcuts do the same thing; open an Explorer Search window. The difference is the target of the shortcut (how the Explorer search window is opened)

Search.lnk target:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe search-ms:
Search [GUID].lnk target:
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
Right click the Search shortcut you extracted, select Properties, select the General tab, then press the [Unblock] button at the bottom right if it is present.

Right click the Search shortcut you extracted, select Pin to taskbar
-> You could also Pin to Start The tile has not shown up on the Start Screen, so maybe you can only pin it to the Start menu

As Shawn is wont to say: That's it

Answer:Taskbar Search: Launch Windows Explorer Search

I'm feeling a little silly here, the easy way to control the scope of a search is to launch Explorer, navigate to the location you want to search and get a full list using the kind: tag in the search box.

Sort by the view and columns you prefer (I like Details sorted by Date Modified)

You can then save the search (pick a meaningful name, SearchProfile or SerachThisPC for example) which creates a shortcut in your links folder.

There's a trick to get this pinned though. I'll revisit SevenForums because I know Brink has a tut on this - I helped another member do some gymnastics with the taskbar once - that member came up with a third way of pinning to the taskbar (special jumplist req I think)

Three searches should suffice for most members (ThisPC, Profile, and Programs/Apps - the last one will take some work to get the search criteria correct). You can create as many of these as you want (kind:=Document; kind:=Music; kind:=Picture; kind:=Video; kind:=E-mail; see more kind:= filters in the search box)

Bill
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I will only buy one, if I have no choice, but I do not feel that I should have to in order to replace something that came with Windows 7 and should have worked in the first place.

Everything is not anything close to the search interface that was in Windows XP.

I tried Google. All of the answers are at least three years old and the same ones repeatedly. That is when they actually address the problem or even admit the search in Windows 7 is broken.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Besides converting to Linux-Unix.

Answer:Need XP-style search program to replace the Windows Seven search

  
Quote: Originally Posted by White Phoenix


I will only buy one, if I have no choice, but I do not feel that I should have to in order to replace something that came with Windows 7 and should have worked in the first place.

Everything is not anything close to the search interface that was in Windows XP.

I tried Google. All of the answers are at least three years old and the same ones repeatedly. That is when they actually address the problem or even admit the search in Windows 7 is broken.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Besides converting to Linux-Unix.


Try this: Can I restore the XP style search to Windows 7? - Microsoft Answers

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Hello,

When I trying to search for anything by pressing Win+S, I get error message like this:

(Seems that search is performing on the HDD instead of SSD.

I have 2 drives in my laptop: HDD (D:\ letter) and SSD (C:\), using SSD for booting, but there is OS on the HDD also.

Is there a way to edit the default searching directory?

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When I click the start button and start typing to search for something, I want it to search on my computer, not internet too. Can this be changed to do that?

If I want to search the web I'll open Google.

Answer:Change Start button Search to Search WIndows only

Ztruker said:

When I click the start button and start typing to search for something, I want it to search on my computer, not internet too. Can this be changed to do that?

If I want to search the web I'll open Google.



Which build are you using?

In 10061 I find that if you start your search with "mystuff:" then it only searches locally.

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Once again search is not working in windows 10 pro The folder is in index path but the program shortcut is not found in start menu:

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Hi

Can anyone suggest how to speed up my windows search results?

When I click on the start button the initial results appear as fast as I can type. But this only applies to Settings and Programs. It is currently taking over 10 seconds for the first file name to appear!

Worse, nothing is cached - so if I want to do another, similar search a few seconds later, it STILL takes 10 seconds before the first filename appears.

Background
- Most of my documents live in a directory in the root directory called "docs" (e.g. 3.5GB)
- I have 98GB of free space on my hard drive (SSD)
- I have c. 11GB of Outlook emails as .PST files (Outlook 2013)
- I have c. 5GB of emails in an .OST file.
- I have some about 5GB of files in DropBox too.

- My system: Motherboard: Intel DP55WB (MA TX)
Processor: Intel Core I5 750 2.66GHz
RAM: 8GB = (2GB 1066 DDR3 Memory) x4 modules
Hard disk: SSD 300GB, "INTEL SSDSA2CW300G3 ATA Device"
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 - S/n: 7 78656 05291 8
Operating system: Windows7 Pro 64Bit

I rebuilt the Window's search index a few weeks ago but it didn't help speed things up.
In desperation I sometimes still use the desktop search called "Everything" (from VoidTools) ("Version 1.3.4.686 (x64)") which is extremely fast and light on resources and only searches file names. However it appears the author has given up developing it at it keeps crashing.

I also us... Read more

Answer:Windows search (under Start btn) - How can I speed up search results?

I'm no expert but I did find a great tutorial. Lots of good information.

By Dzomlija

Windows Search - Configure and Use

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how to i setup windows search to not search my personal folders but only desktop apps and settings

Answer:How to have Windows Search only search desktop apps and settings?

Try control panel > indexing options

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I have been accessing search for my files, by pressing Win +F. I'm used to hitting the Ctrl key twice for desktop search, and I can do that much easier (without looking). Is there any way to set up/modify the keyboard shortcut for the Windows search 4 ?

Answer:New keyboard shortcut for Vista search (Windows 4 search)

Take a look here and see if there's a program to substitute the hotkey.http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/If not, go to the Coding Snacks forum on the same site and request it. Somebody will tell you about a program they already know about, or something easy like this, they'll just do it for you.

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I created some Search Connectors for Windows 7. The pack contains 12 connectors, favorites being:
WinVistaClub
MSDN
Microsoft Support
Wikipedia
You can install connectors by simply double clicking on the *.osdx file.
Screen shots: Download Full article: How to & some links to Windows 7 theme packs.
PS: I'd like to thank HappyAndyK for trying out some of the connectors for me.

Answer:Download Search Connectors for Windows 7 Federated Search

Thanks iMav.
In Windows 7 searching for content, directly from the explorer.exe, on remote locations, has been enabled. Integrating such federated search into Windows gives users the benefits of using familiar tools and workflows to search even remote data.
You may also downlaod & try out the Search Connector for WinVistaClub from HERE. Extract the content and click on the .osdx file to add it. Its worth a check out

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Question: Search box broken

Hi,

I recently installed a program that was able to change folder backgrounds but uninstalled it, and I think this is what has caused this problem:

Those same files show up no matter what I type in and they are all 0 bytes. If I right click one, Windows Explorer crashes.

Help please...

Answer:Search box broken

Use system restore from about 3 or 4 days before you installed that program
System Restore

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Question: XP Search Broken

I hope Tufenuf is out there today because his/her last advice worked very well for me.My problem.Recently a Microsoft tech person established a second user account on my computer.In the old account, Start, Search works like always except there is no little dog.The text:What do you want to search for?Documents etc.All files etc.Computers or etc.Etc.Click All files etc.All or part etc.A word or phrase etc.Drive?Etc.All of this appears normally.In the new account, the little dog is there but nothing else.The text:What do you want to search for?Documents etc.All files etc.Computers or etc.Etc.Click All files etc.All or part etc.A word or phrase etc.Drive?Etc.This is all missing.There is just a little dog on a blue field with nothing in it.Can I fix this?

Answer:XP Search Broken

This is easy to do, and will not hurt you ---http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=...Several dialog boxes are blank

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Hey everyone,

I've been having this problem for quite some time now and I am pretty sure this issue I am experiencing is caused by a buggy update but a want to be sure and I want to be able to fix it.

My problem is that the search charm doesn't work anymore for me! When I go to the charm, I no longer see the list of apps I used to when I got the computer. But the worst part is when I type the names of apps, settings, or files, none come up. This is not an indexing problem because search works fine in File Explorer.

If it helps, I'm using Windows 8.1 Preview (Build 9431)

Thanks!

Answer:Search Charm Broken!

Hello ComputingAgent,

Search has changed in Windows 8.1 versus Windows 8. For now, see if the tutorial below may help following the parts for Windows 8.1.

Search in Windows 8

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Hello! I'm running Windows XP Professional SP3 x86.
 
I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but I noticed it about a week and a half ago- my search has stopped working. Windows operates perfectly fine otherwise, and comes up virus free in Avast Free (virus definitions 141228-1 and version 2014.9.0.2208) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Nothing I've done to fix it have worked.
 
When I try to search I get an error that reads, verbatum, "A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You may need to run setup." The search window will then appear, with nothing showing up except the dog search companion (which I had turned off).
 
I've tried reinstalling srchasst.src from %systemroot%\inf countless times now, from both my on-disc backup of i386 and from my Windows CD. It'll install successfully, but then without fail, when I try to use search again, I get the same error box.
 
This is the only issue my computer is having.
 
My research has told me that this may be related to jscript.dll but I wouldn't know what to do about that if so.
 
I'm at my wit's end with this, so after trying to figure it out on my own for about three days straight, I'm coming here for help. Sorry if I've left out any useful information. I tried to be through.

Answer:Search is broken no matter what I do.

Hello, and Welcome
 
When my XP search broke, I had to register the the following files. It worked for me and hope it works for you.
 
In an admin account click the Run button and type

regsvr32 jscript.dll     click okay twice
Then do the same for the following file

regsvr32 vbscript.dll

You may need to reboot.
 
If that does not work then register the following file also

regsvr32 urlmon.dll

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Some one Plz help im having search box problems i was looking for other forum post that would help but so far havnt found any useful information so heres the problem i try to use my start seach bar and i get only a couple of results and if i try to run them they say its a internet security problem but iv tryed alot of things none of them have worked im usually a problem soving guy but this time im stumped i hope some one can help me thank you for any help u can give me

Answer:Need Help, Start Search box Broken!!!!!!

Run sfc /scannow from elevated command prompt.

Scan full system with Malwarebytes.

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Thought I'd give this a second try--see if anyone has an idea, other than a complete reinstall.

Search for Files/Folders not working

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I have a problem with the "Search for files & folders" function. Indexing is turned off.

When I do a search for the single letter "a" or other combinations that start with "a," "ab," "ac," "ag"... the search looks at the WINNT directory, only.

For example, a search for "ad[obe]" will scan the all the drives.

But, a search for "ac[robat]" only scans C:\ or C:\WINNT.

If I search for "ac[robat]" specifing it to look at a drive other than C, then it searches that drive properly.

It's only when I do a search looking at "my computer" or all "local hardware," does it exclude certain letters and look at C:\ or C:\WINNT\ for that letter/letter combination.

Any ideas? --sys. is clean of viruses, etc.

Bob in Provo
 

Answer:Search Assistant broken

If you have no particular attachment to that search function, you might just use a different searcher. I use Agent Ransack in XP and find it faster and more thorough than the MS search. It's free. It has no adware. Registration is optional. It works.
 

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When I click the "Search" button in xp file explorer nothing happens. I just re-installed the system and re-installed most of my programs; and don't want to run a repair install if I can help it

Windows XP home SP2(build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519:service pack 2)
Athlon 64 3000+
512 pc3200 ddr

I'd love to give some more details, but it's really that simple...no error message, no strange behavior, it's just straight broke . I've searched all over the place for a fix, but have yet to hear about this problem; let alone how to fix it.

Thanks; from the great white north.

Answer:Broken Search Button

Hi cjsears Perhaps this will help:* Go to kellys-korner* entry #15, at the right you see " Disable Search Assistant - Undo", * download the file from the "undo" link (noasstundo.vbs )and save it to your desktop* after download, double-click the .vbs file* restart the computerDoes this solve the problem?Good luck!

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I cannot search from the address bar. I have checked the settings from the search button and they are where they need to be. Does anyone have any suggestions.
I am running Windows XP with IE6. I am using quick search
and have a short cut for google set to "goo" I would type goo(space)hotmail and a new window would open with the google results for hotmail. Now This is what I get
http:///? goo hotmail
and the message This page cannot be displayed. I can not do any type of search from the addres bar. Thanks in advance for any help..........
 

Answer:address bar search broken.....

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I have reinstalled my audio drivers and whenever I type "Dell Audio" on the Start menu, it pops up but doesn't work whenever I click it. (1st picture)


The shortcut under the Start menu folders works, though. (2nd picture)

Answer:Fix broken Search shortcuts

Hello DJ,

The search index may not have updated yet for the change. If this is the cause, then you can rebuild the index using the method in the tutorial below to force it to update now.

Rebuild Search Index in Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

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Hi all, new to the forum and looking forward to becoming a contributor myself. I need to survive the first few days of Win8 myself though!

I just performed a refresh of my MSDN RTM copy of Windows 8 and my search screen (from the start screen) is dumbed-down now - i.e.: when I go to the search screen it only searches on apps and does not provide the filter UI that should be on the right-hand side.

Is there a setting somewhere or did my refresh actually break Windows?

TIA!

Answer:Search screen broken?

Hi, welcome to forums

Can u post the screenshot of this error???

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Hello:
 
I'm looking for some assistance. I have a Lenovo 7268 ThinkCentre M58e desktop running Windows XP Professional SP3; 2.7gig Intel Pentium Dual-Core with 2 MB memory.
 
My dilemna: I had Avast virus protection on my computer. After I completed a system restore, Avast would not work and I could not perform a proper update, so I deleted it and installed Microsoft Essentials.
 
Microsoft Essentials found Java/VE-2013-422 exploit - quaranteened and I removed it. However, after this process I noticed that the Windows Search function does not operate (does not display any of the selections options down the left side of the window) and System Restore does not open at all.
 
I removed Java with Revo Unistaller and loaded fresh Java install but still having same issues with the search and system restore. (Additionally, I noticed that help options in HR Block Tax program fails - and I think is related to the bad Java?)
 
Any help is appreciated because my system is not operating the same as before. Please advise if you need additional details. Thanks in advance!
 
lecraig
 

Answer:java/cve-2013-0422 exploit; now search & system restore inoperable

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwareby... Read more

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Windows Search (and/or Outlook 2007 Instant Search) does not index emails from Outlook PST files

Hi Gang....so I'm having a similar problem trying to get Windows Search to index my emails.
I am currently running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and Outlook 2007. Upgraded from Windows XP Pro (SP3) and Outlook 2003 doing a clean install and then migrating app data over using Windows EZ migration.

Windows Search (i.e. Federated Search) is able to index my local files, but does not show any email files.
I've tried all of the following:
* reindexing as described in Watch out for a Microsoft Outlook 2007 indexing issue in Windows Vista
* running Microsoft Digonistic
* running Windows 7 assist utility: Find and Fix Problems with Windows Search
* Creating new Outlook profile
* Running scanpst on outlook PST files
* Confirming that Outlook Instant Search is enabled
* making sure that Indexing Option File type RTF indicates Rich Text Format

I do note that, after trying the re-indexing (uncheck/recheck) fix, Windows Search IS able to index individual outlook messages which I have saved in My Documents folder(s), but it does not index my PST files.

Moreover, when I open up the Search Options in Outlook Instant Search, the "Indexing" and "Search" options are DISABLED/GREYED OUT! So, I am unable to select any PST files for indexing and/or customize search options.

Other details to consider which may be affecting:
* I'm running Office 2007 SP2
* I originally installed the... Read more

Answer:Windows Search does not index emails in Outlook PST

If you go File -> Data File Management... then select a data file (how many are listed?), then click on Settings... just above the list of data files, you should have a window open up like in the screenshot below.

Next to Format, does it say Personal Folders File or Personal Folders File (97-2002)? If the latter, that could be causing the problem.

Please post back and attempts to resolve will continue

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Hi everyone

I have decided to switch from Outlook to Windows Live Mail. While I like Outlook as a client I find it too pwoerful for my needs as I have no need for exchange. I have decided on Windows Live Mail as the primary client for email but I'm curious how powerful the search is within the program. I find Outlook's search to be superb in finding words within the emails or attachment themselves. Is Windows Live Mail as good as Outlook in this regard?

PS: Does anyone know how to keep Gmail contacts in sync with Windows Live Mail?
 

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In November 2010 I had tried to sync a windows mobile phone HTC touch pro 2 with much difficulty. i finally got it to sync, but since then the search in Outlook will not work.
Needless to say I am using blackberry again. When i try to sync with outlook I get the message to update folder mapping. I have tried several solutions to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:windows search will not work in Outlook 2007

Others had the same problem in the following thread, but there seems to be a solution for some:
Re: sync problems - BlackBerry Support Community Forums





Quote:
I had the same problem and I was unable to Sync my BlackBerry with my Outlook. I was able to solve it by doing the following.

1. Clicking on "Reset Settings" in Organizer
2. This will reset the your Calendar, Address Book, MemoPad and Task to its default state
3. You will then have to configure Calendar, Address Book, MemoPad by clicking on "Configure setting"
4. After completing that you should now be able to Sync your Blackberry to your Outlook or which ever medium you're using


Hope it works for you...

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When I open MS Outlook 2007 in Windows 7 it keeps telling me that the Windows search engine has been disabled. I was wondering how to fix this and why it pops up. I have typed in services.msc in the run box, gone down to windows search (which was disabled), re enabled it, and it still popped up next time I opened the program. If anyone could offer some help I would be very appreciative.

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Hi
For some reason my WLM keeps searching for a file outlook.pst which I cannot find. I try to fix it but all fixes I found are for outllook rather than WLM

 

Answer:outlook.pst search on Windows live mail

Are you sure it's WLM and not Outlook that you are using? Show a complete screenshot.
 

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Here is my problem with Windows Desktop Search: I have searched their help the Windows Help and Support pages, but I have not found how to search in filenames only? Every time I do a search it finds ALL FILES CONTAINING THE SEARCH CRITERIA, either in the name or contents! I only want to see those files listed that have the words I am searching for in the filename itself and NOT thos files with it in its contents.

Someone please explain what I am overlooking to this simple request.

Thanks in advance.

BTW, I'm a new forum member and I don't have displayed yet in my signature what machine or OS I'm using. So here it is:
Dell Dimension DXP051, Intel Pentium D CPU 3.00GHz 2.99 GHz, 2.00 GB Ram; Windows XP Home Ver. 2002, SP3

Answer:Windows Desktop Search: How to search for filenames only?

Hi, I don't know if I read your post right but have you tried typing your request in the 'all or part of the file name' box as that in theory should only display file names containing the criteria you selected? If that doesn't work you could adjust the search settings to look only in a specific place, date when file was created/modified. Apart from that there are free programs that function as Windows Vista instant search feature. I would suggest looking at CNET.com under downloads section as I don't know the name of the program off the top of my head. Hope that helps.

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I wouldn't think this would be hard, but it has me befuddled.  I have a website, and I would like to find every example of some antiquated code  (embeds, to be specific), so I can replace them.  The easiest way to do this, I suppose, would be Windows search (the whole site in on my computer, of course.  But searching for the word "embed" or anything that's part of the html code - as opposed to text - gives me no results.  It doesn't seem to search the source code.  Is there some way that I can search a whole lot of html files for a certain piece of code so I can change them all easily?If anybody has the answer to this, that would be great.

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How to open XP 'Search Companion' without going thru 'Windows Search' ?

Suggestions... other than 'live with it' ?
 

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Windows 8.1 Search Charm doesn't search for shortcuts (.lnk) by default.
Does anybody knows how to make it do so?

Answer:How to search for shortcuts using Windows 8.1 Search Charm

Originally Posted by gims


Windows 8.1 Search Charm doesn't search for shortcuts (.lnk) by default.
Does anybody knows how to make it do so?



Classic Shell search finds .lnk----

Can't help with Charms search.

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I have a Dell mini laptop running Windows XP, and I am just wondering how to make the search interface the same as my main computer. When I go to Start --> Search --> For Files or Folders... I get this:

This is new to me, I have never seen this before. It never works, never finds anything, claims Windows search is not running. I downloaded TweakUI and used it to enable the classic search from Windows 2000. That didn't work. Well, after messing around, I found that if I click "Click here to use Search Companion" the classic search I want pops up in a new window and get this... it actually works!

Is there a way to make the search feature by default use what is seen in the second screenshot? I am confused, I don't understand this non-functional bloated "Windows Search" thing, when all I want is "normal" classic search. Any idea on how I can achieve that?

This has been driving me crazy, I don't want to have to click on "Use Search Companion" every single time I want to do a real file search. How do I get rid of this horrible "Windows Search"?

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Search VS Normal Search

I hate that thing too. It's an update from Windows Update called "Windows Search" and it's a piece of designed to get you ready for the even bigger piece of search they have in both Vista and Win7.

You uninstall it in Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs.

Then go manually to Windows Update and prevent it from installing again.

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when go to type something in the search box, it brings up the requested program. but, when click it, nothing happens. I would have to go to start menu and click from there

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I type a word into the SEARCH box of a folder. I hit ENTER. Windows runs a search for a different word that I previously used as a search term, usually in an entirely different folder.

Why?

Is there a way to force Windows to search for the terms that I entered before hitting ENTER?

p.s. I suspect it's somehow Google's fault for teaching hundreds of thousands of people to write software this way. "Sorry, we weren't able to accept your keyboard input because our predictive software was using 99% of your CPU to make unrealistic assumptions about what you might have wanted... please begin typing again so we can resume ignoring your input while guessing at what you are trying to type"
 

Answer:Windows 7 folder search changes my search terms

That doesn't happen in my Win 7 but I don't hit ENTER either. As I type my search word the list of hits just keeps updating automatically. If you can't get it to behave you could try searching with Everything instead.
 

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Hello,

When I trying to search for anything by pressing Win+S, I get error message like this:

(Seems that search is performing on the HDD instead of SSD.

I have 2 drives in my laptop: HDD (D:\ letter) and SSD (C:\), using SSD for booting, but there is OS on the HDD also.

Is there a way to edit the default searching directory?

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I have three drives in my PC and one of them can't be searched against. No results is always returned. It works on the other drives just fine.
C:\ = Windows 7 OS
B:\ = Data drive
F:\ = Old data drive

Nothing in B:\ comes up in search results. It has never been searchable since I built the machine a few weeks back. Worked fine before pulling out of my old PC. I've verified the SYSTEM account has full access. Changing ownership, reinstalling Windows Search, adding and removing B:\ from index, and reindexed several times. Lots of restarts and restarting the indexing service. Out of ideas short of a format. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Edit: Should also add that Windows Search works if I disable indexing.

Edit 2: The fix turned out to be the drive letter. Changing it from B: to W: followed by reindexing fixed the problem.
 

Answer:Windows Search can't search data drive

Type in "Indexing" into Start\Search and click on Indexing Options. Click Modify, then put a check box next to B:\ then hit OK and Close.
 

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If I click "search" in the start up window I get "windows search". A choice here is to select "search companion". This is the search tool I really want -- not "windows search". I don't want to always have to go through "windows search" to get to it.

I consulted "help" and it says that if I'm in "windows search" I should change my preferences. I've tried and tried and can't find any "change preferences" choice in windows search.

Can you help, please.
 

Answer:Solved: search companion and windows search

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When I search a file on my HD in Windows 7 or Windows XP it takes some minutes to finish the process. If I fill in a search term in Google, the answer is on my screen in milliseconds

How is it possible for Google to search the Internet, which is many times larger than my hard drive, faster than my OS can search my computer?

Answer:Search engines - Google & Windows search bar

Google works with the devil!

Joke aside:





Quote:
Recent guesstimates have placed Google's server count at more than 1 million. But new data on Google's energy use suggests that the company is probably running about 900,000 servers. Google never says how many servers are running in its data centers. Aug 1, 2011


Note the date of that estimate, wonder how many it would be now?

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