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My Search function doesn't work

Q: My Search function doesn't work

Newly installed Windows XP has no search function

I repeat NONE

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A: My Search function doesn't work

If you have taken anything out of startups via msconfig please go to Start – Run – type in msconfig – click OK and click on the Startup tab. Put a check mark beside everything you see listed there and then please do the following:

Click here to download HJTsetup.exe

Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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I use Xp Home and nwo whenever I try to search somethign , ANYTHING , i get a dialog box , on which only F....... and some ... aer writtten , and there is no error no nothing , just that dialog box , on which I hve only 1 button to click after which I go back to search page.
Is there any service required to run in the startup for it to work ??

Coz I have turned off many services , but that was a long time ago, this started happening recently

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Have you checked to see if the search function works in SafeMode?

Have you installed any updates to the current software like your AV program for instance?

Anyway, the first thing I'd try would be to run SFC from a command prompt within Windows XP and see what happens

sfc /scannow

BTW, in reference to the services, I doubt that's an issue. Windows XP will start a service if it's needed, regardless of whether you've disabled it.

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When I go to "search" I get the basic box but it is empty. There are no options within the box. What files make up this function? If I can pinpoint what is missing I think I can get it working again.

I search by hitting Programs, then search. Win XP 1 gig ram, 250 gb HD etc. I think a malware program deleted a file thinking it was bad.


A:Search function doesn't work

Hello Bill

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?

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


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I have about 600 gigs of storage space and windows search doesn’t work so I’m a bit frustrated at this problem.

When I run windows search function I get 2-3 recently created files and nothing else. The process of getting these results take less than a second sometimes and it doesn’t comb threw my folder structure the way it used to. I have indexing on and I’ve had indexing off but this does not effect the results. I’m not sure when this problem first popped up but I assume it was about 4-5 months ago when my step dad changed my network settings because of some bad advice from some tech support who didn’t know what kind of system I had.

I’ve tried using “Windows Desktop Search” and that didn’t work either so I uninstalled that. I don’t want to use 3rd party search programs just because the windows search has worked fine for me so far with the exception to this. Any help is appreciated


A:Windows search function doesn't work

Start -> Search -> Files and Folders -> More Advanced options -> check around there..

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I recently upgraded my 3 computers to Windows 8.1. Only 1 PC (INTEL) is working as it should. The other 2 PC's are AMD based and the search function is acting funny. When I search it gives my the results, but when I click on says I'm looking for DEVICES AND PRINTERS and I search "printers", it gives my the result. If I click on DEVICES AND PRINTERS tab it doesn't respond, but when I click on say my Canon printer's link to MY PRINTER it responds. I ran SFC/SCANNOW and also DISM (Micorsoft actually ran it) and nothing changed. It sometimes locks me onto the Meto screen and I have to reset the PC to get back to my normal Desktop. When it does that non of the Metro tiles works. Micorsoft technician also tried to create a new user account which comes out blank and when creating another account, as soon as you log into the account it immediately signs out of it and don't allow you access. I tried to refresh the pc, but the frustrating part is, it asks you to choose a keyboard layout, but disables all USB and PS ports. Now how do I choose a keyboard layout, unless I have a touch screen. Microsoft really didn't think this trough. Is there anybody that perhaps now how to get the searh to work. Oh I do have searchindex.exe in my system32 folder and in services I stop and restarted Windows Search, but still no change.

A:Search function in Windows 8.1 doesn't work as it should

Problem solved. After Microsoft technicians tried everything and my PC crashed I decided to just redo. Then I found out that a program called Wisecare 365 that I was running on my Windows 8 PC caused all the problems. It went and deleted registry and other files that windows 8.1 need to operate with. So it's no longer on my PC and so far Windows 8.1 is running fine.

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Pasting in contextual information from another post. ~ OBconflicker.Bi!nf worm keeps reappearing, windows defender monitor stops working, slow computer, windows search protocol windows pop up, Malware, virusPop up windows keep appearing "Windows search protocol host stopped working and was closed" Itunes occassionally doesn't work, Media Sync doesn't work. Hard Drive keeps working in the background. Windows Defender no longer monitors the running programs.End of added information. ~ OBLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:46:00 AM, on 1/11/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18349)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Windows\WindowsMobile\wmdc.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Windows\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

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My function keys doesn't work. I have tried to find drivers on HP support, but can only find for OP Windows 7.BR/Torsten

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after a dramatical crash of hdd I have to change with another .

I used restore system dowloaded in a usb key and everthing worked prperly except fn key that doesn't open menu with grey keys .

in eg. I can't turn-off wi-fi device . someone can help me?

thanks a lot for now .

P.S. I apologize for my poor english so that I'm asking if is possible respond esily or better in italian .

A:Function key doesn't work properly

May I ask you what notebook model do you have and what Windows system is currently preinstalled?

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Win 7 Home Premium version Svc pack 1; Toshiba Satellite L505. I can't get the Send To function to work when I right click in Librarys. Specifically, I want to send a picture to One Note. I have done the proper steps with no result. What am I missing?

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I recently installed new hard-drives, 1 master and 1 slave. I still have all of my data from the new drive transfer, I can install and run programs on my new drive, but some of existing applications aren't working properly.

The most critical is my problem with " System Restore". Everytime I run System Restore from the Start Menu > Accessories > ... , I get the pop up for debugging it. The pop up is the grey box that says "Send Error Report or Don't Send". While it was working I used it everyday, but now it always crashes when I open it up. What happens if something bad happens to my PC, how will I be able to restore my PC to an earlier secure stage? Please help me, it's critical that I get use of my System Restore back again. Do I have to reinstall WinXP again or what?

Microsoft Word keeps telling me to "repair" the program everytime I open up a word document. Now, I'm able to open up a word document, read it, edit and save. But when I open them up it also talks about the repair, a "Windows Installer" box pops up, then disappears, afterwards telling me to reinstall\repair Word 10.0 or something like that because there's an error in Microsoft Office. Should I reinstall\repair my Microsoft Office CDs?

A:System Restore function doesn't work!

MS-MVP Bert Kinney has a terrific site on System Restore, including how to use the .inf file to restore the service. Recommended: http://bertk.mvps.org/

Bert also is the moderator for the System Restore Subforum on AUMHA. You might want to peruse the answered questions there or leave a new post: http://www.aumha.net/

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In Excel 2003, I have instructed that there be a sum of the dollar amount based on the grouping of each change of account number in another column.

What happens is that there are several subtotals of the same account number.

How to rectify?

A:Subtotal function in Excel doesn't work as it should

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I can't use or run "restore" anymore on XP machine. I have no idea what happened. I don't seem to have any other problems.


A:Restore function doesn't work anymore

It sounds as if System Restore may have become corrupted. You can try reinstalling the feature. Here's how:In Control Panel or Windows Explorer, click Folder Options and then View tab
Under Advanced Settings, scroll down and find "Show hdden files and folder." Check the box.
Find "Hide extensions for known files types." Uncheck that box. Click Apply, OK.
In Windows Explorer, find your Windows folder (usually on the C: drive but not always). Navigate to the inf folder and open it.
Find a file named sr.inf
Right click the file and select Install.

Important: This creates a new installation of System Restore, but it will delete any restore points that you had created previously.

kind regards,

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Hey everyone, I'm running a T450s Thinkpad on Win10. I have a very annoying issue; the function key for adjusting screen brightness doesn't work anymore. I guess it got 'broken' by Win10, but anyway, i can get it fixed. Tried installing new drivers for graphics and monitors but nothing helped so far... Grtz,Ewoud 

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"Send a link" function does not work
I get a message that says “Microsoft exchange server is unavailable”.

the exchange server is available however, because i'm able to send email, and use all the functionality of email.

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The computer's default search function, Search Companion, is not functional!

When I go from the Start Menu to Search, the window that pops up has the Search Companion side pannel, but it is totally blank (greyed out), with the exception of the title, Search Companion, and the "X" in the upper-right-hand corner.

The fields are missing and everything.

I can't for the life of me figure out what's going on!

Please help!!!

A:XP Search Function will not work!

Start/Run Type: regedit ok
Navigate to:


If "NoFind" has the value "01 00 00 00" change it to "00 00 00 00" Restart
Hope this works for you.

If that doesn't work try this:
Log on as an Administrator
Click Start
Select Run
Enter in the command - %systemroot%\inf
Right-click the Srchasst.inf file
Click Install

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After recently purchasing a new pc, I have found that my copy and paste function no longer works correctly. When I copy something, half of the time it does not paste, or pastes a random single letter.

Is this a problem that could easily be fixed, or could it be something that has infected my pc?

Thanks in advance.

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When I try to run a file search from the Start button (Windows 7), firstly the pop-up box clears when I type in the first letter of the search and I am unable to run a search. If I click "see more results" I get the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate to access the item."

I have not added any new programs, only Windows updates and use Avast Free as my anti-virus defence, which updates itself several times a day.

A:Windows 7 Search function does not work

Have you checked Folder Options (Control Panel or via Tools in Windows Explorer). This is the only place that search options are set and they are written to the registry so I can't think of any other cause for the search not to work

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I've had this problem for quite some time and I think its about time I tried to sort it out.
I have a Toshiba satellite Laptop running windows XP and the latest WMP is my preferred media player.

About a year ago I had a Virus on this laptop that wouldn't allow me to connect to the internet. A friend took me through the steps in the security and the web part of this board and we dealt with the virus.

Ever since the play all function in windows that appears when you have media files in a folder has not worked. When I click play all I see the hour glass briefly but then nothing happens. If I try to select the files I want to play right click and then play all again nothing happens.

I don't get any warning or error messages, its as if the computer is ignoring my request

double clicking on a single file opens it in WMP normally.

I don't know if it is related but when this happened the quick media buttons on the laptop which allowed me to open WMP, play, pause, stop and select next track also stopped working and still don't.

Thanks for your help.

A:Play all function doesn't work for music or video files

To fix the file playing issue, try reinstalling WMP.

The buttons need special software installed and running. Try downloading it from Toshiba and reinstalling.

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Recently I've come across a situation where my computer will boot with no keyboard function. I cannot enter bios, boot in safe mode, etc. However, upon Windows 7 loading I have full function of the mouse. That is until I hit any key on the keyboard, then I lose left click function only. I can still move the mouse, I can still right click with the mouse. I also noticed that caps lock and number lock did not work either.

I figured that maybe the keyboard was bad and so I plugged in a different brand new keyboard and booted up the computer. Everything worked fine. The keyboard worked flawlessly, the mouse had no problems at all.

Restarted the computer to install windows updates, and upon the next boot I once again was left with no keyboard function and then once again no left click function.

These problems only began after a program was uninstalled due to it freezing up during use. (The program was a puzzle game that was purchased and installed from a reputable game website)

I am at a complete loss, and I cannot tell if this is a hardware problem or a software problem or even a virus problem.

Both the mouse and keyboard are USB. Other USB devices work fine, including a headset, a printer, and a scanner.

Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

A:Keyboard doesn't work, then mouse begins losing function

No one can help me?

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I have a strange problem with Internet Explorer.
In some web sites, when I write a thing in search bar and click Enter on my keyboard, nothing happen. I have to press the "search" button on the site.

For example, if in YouTube I write "anything" in search bar and then press Enter, nothing happen. I have to click with mouse arrow on the "search" button.
This happen also in other websites.
I have Vista Home Premium 64 bit. It's all updated, also Internet Explorer.
Before the format of my HD that I made 2 days ago, all work fine.

A:Search function don't work when I press Enter key.

Does the enter button still work, when you are typing something and want to go to another line below? If your enter key doesnt work with anything, then its keyboard fault. If your keyboard doesnt press enter only with the search boxes, try to use the seach with neter in another browser (safari, firefoxor opera), to try to trouble shoot.

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If I go into explore and sue the search tab there it works fine..what's up with that???

A:My Search Function Doens't Work Anymore

Why doesn't Search work?

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I have a Gateway PC, 5 or so years old, running Windows XP Media Edition.

A few days ago, soon after having installed some Windows updates, my wireless Microsoft mouse and keyboard stopped working. I plugged in a spare PS/2 mouse, and in the bluetooth dialog box removed, added, and reconnected both components. The wireless mouse and keyboard worked, but not for long. I then uninstalled and attempted to reinstall the mouse and keyboard software (except that the software apparently had not uninstalled). This did not fix the problem.

From here on I tried so many things, I do not recall in what order. I did a system restore via Advanced System Care, then tried again using a much earlier date. After a very long wait I was informed that my system could not be restored to that date.

I ran Reimage, which reported a moderately severe stability problem with numerous crashes. This program fixed and replaced files, etc, but got stuck while attempting to reinstall Windows updates (during repairs, Reimage removes Windows updates and reinstalls them afterward, but for some reason this last step has never worked with my computer and I've had to reinstall the updates manually). The computer was frozen and I was forced to turn it off using the power button. When I turned the computer back on, I had no working keyboard or mouse, and again had to use the power button to turn off the computer.

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A:Keyboard has limited function in safe mode, and mouse doesn't work at all

Advanced System Care, which fixed a lot, especially in the registryThe IObit program is just a Registry Cleaner that will repair almost nothing, except your hope - You will never know if it repaired anything -You are better off to remove all Chinese IObit programs and only use proven programs for your computer Malwarebytes and Advanced System Care will not operate correctly on the same system, as both clash with each other Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a proven and trusted program world wide, while IObit is forced on Chinese users as their options are limited.Do you have a Regular Antivirus program that is active and is scanning at all times ??Thank You -

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I have a major problem...
when i want to search for something i press Strg+F .. then the windows search opens ... after that i want to search for instance for all pdf-files i have on my computer... but when i press the search button.. nothing happens.. i dont know how to solve that problem..
...this really sucks!

A:Windows Explorer Search function doesnt work

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In Windows 7 Pro, if I click on Start and try to type in the search box, the letters take a long time to appear and the search does not work. For example, if I were to type regedit, it would take a few seconds for the type to appear and regedit would not open up. If I'm in Windows explorer, the same thing happens in the search box. They type appears very slowly on the screen and the search is useless. I've ran malwarebytes, Windows Security Essentials, had AVG on the machine and ran it. They don't find anything. Would appreciate help on this. I've done searches for the problem at Microsoft.com and on here but haven't yet found that specific problem. Thanks.

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When I do a Windows 7 Search from the "Search programs and files" window all the listed general files yield only a warning box showing internet security restrictions... what does internet security have to do with a Windows desktop search? Can someone please help me reset whatever is preventing the search function to operate?

A:Win 7 search doesn't work

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I have tried to solve this problem since I first got Win 7 without success. Search simply does not work. Answers on-line say click on start and type in the search box, but when I do, I get nothing. Same thing with Explorer. Typing in the search box yields nothing. None of the on-line answers I have seen address this problem. My windows is up to date.

A:Search doesn't work!

Hello jetrobert,

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help. Be sure to have the location and file type included in the search index. If the file has been recently saved, then you may also need to rebuild (update) the index since it may not have had time to rebuild itself automatically yet.Search - Have More Accurate Search Results
In addition, you might see if these may help for some searching tips.Search in Windows 7


Windows Search - Configure and Use
Hope this helps,

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My search feature isn't working. This is the main search that should start with you typing while the metro screen is up. Some time ago it just disappeared. I've tried a couple of things to get it to work, but I can't. Can anyone run me through trouble shooting it?


A:Search doesn't work

Although this fix does not pertain specifically to the Metro screen, you might want to give it a shot and see what happens:

Fix Windows Desktop Search when it crashes or not showing results

Good luck.

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Hi, the picture says a million words:

When I click the search option on the tool bar, all I get is an empty space where it is supposed to show up.

It's XP Home SP2

Thanks in advance!


A:Search doesn't work

Just an idea: If you are going to install the new XP Home Service Pack 3 anyway that might solve your problem. It will install if you go to Microsoft Update - the ordinary Update page. It would have arrived to your pc by itself one of these days.

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My Win 7 Search yields only generic folders. Clicking on them gives a security window citing settings in internet security as limiting results display. What the heck does internet security have to do with a desktop search? I also suddenly have UAC markers on some desktop icons that weren't there before. Do I have one problem or more. I'd appreciate some help, please. I have Windows Defender disabled and Windows Security Essentials in place.

A:Win 7 search doesn't work

Quote: Originally Posted by weybrew

My Win 7 Search yields only generic folders. Clicking on them gives a security window citing settings in internet security as limiting results display. What the heck does internet security have to do with a desktop search? I also suddenly have UAC markers on some desktop icons that weren't there before. Do I have one problem or more. I'd appreciate some help, please. I have Windows Defender disabled and Windows Security Essentials in place.

Did it ever work? do you have a backup from before the problem started that you can restore from? System specs"? what happened to change it?


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When i try to look for a file by folder's search box, although there is that file in this folder, win 8 doesn't give me any result.. no file matched! Please help me and sorry for my English..
search box doesn't work only in a folders that I have duplicated from an external ssd!

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A:Win 8 Folder's search box doesn't work!

Is Windows indexing service enabled? Have you manually run an index scan since copying the folder over?

To see the services press Winkey r, then type
and hit Enter

scroll down and put the cursor on
Windows Search

it should show if it is enabled or disabled
also on top left of the Window if it says Start
then it is not running. Click Start to get it going.

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My search doesn't work!?
I want to search my documents,and when I go to search and type what do I want to search and click "Search" it starts bugging and program is not responding.

What's happening?Search worked 5 days ago?Since then i am still trying to fix the problem!

A:My search doesn't work!?(Please I NEED IT FOR NEXT 3 hours!)

I have Microsoft 2007 presentation somewhere in computer,and i worked on it all time of the week,because it is bussines presentation...In 21:45 I am meeting that man in my office(i am in my office,currently),and I need to present him that...

PLease just...just...help me!

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This is such a great forum. Usually I find my answers from someone else's post.

I have Windows XP on a laptop and the Search Option on the start up menu no longer works. Everything else on the start menu appears to be working correct.

Any ideas? I've restarted the computer several times. It isn't my computer and don't know when it stopped working.


A:Search Option doesn't work

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Hi Search doesn't work after some tweaks, that is I turned off a lot of the privacy stuff and Cortana, get to know me! Anyway, I have the search icon on the taskbar but if I click it nothing happens. Also, if I right click start menu and click search from there again nothing happens! I take it I might have disabled something somewhere?

cheers Khaz

A:Search doesn't work after tweaks

Try Re enabling Cortana

I don't use it myself. If you are interested, I use this:
It is lightening fast (Far, far more than Cortana) and never misses a trick

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Here's hoping someone can help.

When I click on Start/Search, nothing happens. When I go to Windows Explorer and right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Search, nothing happens. But, if I click on the Search magnifying glass on the toolbar, I get to search.

Here's a copy of my HijackThis Logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 7:03:20 PM, on 10/8/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\PQV2iSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\GhostTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Syste... Read more

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When I try to search for Files or Folders, nothing happens. What could be wrong? Tinamarie

A:Search Command in XP doesn't work

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When I do a Windows 7 Search from the "Search programs and files" window all the listed general files yield only a warning box showing internet security restrictions... what does internet security have to do with a Windows desktop search? Can someone please help me reset whatever is preventing the search function to operate?

A:[SOLVED] Win 7 search doesn't work

Ok perhaps you can go to control panel> system and security> and under action center click on Change user account control settings. Adjust the slider to the 2nd-top position. If it's already there, let us know.

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When i try to look for a file by folder's search box, although there is that file in this folder, win 8 doesn't give me any result.. no file matched! Please help me and sorry for my English..
search box doesn't work only in a folders that I have duplicated from an external ssd!
Tags: windows 8, free ringtones downloads, best ringtones

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HI all,
my windows search bar is not working at all. It will show drives if i type in "c:" - it will show the folders in the drive, but anything else it says nothing found.
example typing in winver= nothing found. Even typing in just a letter= nothing found

However, when I log in as different user it works fine, so I assume there must be a folder that needs to be deleted or such. I spent an hour searching internet for answer, but nothing seemed to work so far. Reset indexing, etc.

Any one please help me, I mainly use everything search engine, but this is great for all windows items.

Thanks very much

A:Search bar wont doesn't work

make sure windows search service set to automatic (delayed) and started...

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The Search option doesn't work. It says I will have to reinstall setup. How do I do that?

A:Search Option doesn't work

Bush Lady, Go to the link below and click the "?" to the left of "Why doesn't Search work?" to expand it and you'll find several possible solutions.



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I have the "Search the web and Windows" bar in my taskbar but I can't type anything into it. If I go to "File Explorer" in the start panel, I can search for files.

This worked in the past and I don't know what might have happened to make it stop working.

I'm still getting used to Windows 10 so any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Search bar in taskbar doesn't work

If you see " Search the web and Windows" bar, it means you have yet to enable Cortana .
Am I right ?

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Using Windows XP

microsoft sent messages claiming that some problems I had were caused by Word 97. I was happy with the performance of Word 97, but upgraded as they recommended. Now that I have installed Word 2007 search doesn't work when I search for documents created by the old program.

I have also encountered other problems in accessing and saving programs.
Is there something I need to do to get everything back in synch. I can usually get the job done, but it just takes extra steps and is frustrating.

Search in Explore is very important to me as I have a lot of word and excel documents and cannot always remember the file names.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

A:Search in EXPLORE doesn't work

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The XP search feature doesn't show up. All I get is the little dog.

Im sorry if for some reason, this seems like a very stupid question, but I really need help.


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I've run Norton, JRT, ADWcleaner, Superantispyware and Malwarebytes- anti Malware and have not detected anything 

A:search doesn't work and can not find C: and D: in "this PC"

search doesn't work and can not find C: and D: in "this PC"
I've run Norton, JRT, ADWcleaner, Superantispyware and Malwarebytes- anti Malware and have not detected anything.   Thanks
Does this also happen with Explorer [not Internet Explorer, the file manager] in Safe Mode?

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Is there any known fix for vista search yet?

I'm currently transfering files to a dongle, and plugging it into an old windows 98 machine to do searches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:vista search doesn't work - is there a fix yet?

I find search takes a bit of getting used to but it still works.

This tute any good?

Search Options

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For users running Windows 10 Build 1909, (or anyone else with this issue )

Microsoft published a fix for the blank screen search functions missing on February 5, 2020. But some people who might have restarted their systems yesterday may not have gotten it yet. The Registry Tweaks mentioned online can have negative consequences for many users unless they are advanced with their systems. Try a reboot today to see if this resolves the issue. The other related issue of the blank box in File Explorer search has been reduced with rebooting, but still persists from time to time. My tip is to create a shortcut to File Explorer on your Taskbar. Than if you get the File Explorer Search black box, click on your Task Bar File Explorer shortcut, and that makes it go away.


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This is probably something that has a really simple fix, but I have no idea why it's happening. When i type cmd.exe into the Windows search bar and open it, everything I type in (like ipconfig) doesn't work, and it gives me the message "'ipconfig' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file." It should also be noted that the command line that I'm typing into says: C:\Users\Grant>

On the other hand, if I search cmd.exe, right click on it, click on Open file location and then double click cmd.exe in the System32 folder, it will open and if I type in things like ipconfig it will work just fine. The command line this time says: C:\Windows\System32>

Why is it that I can't just open it up the short way and do it?

A:Cmd.exe doesn't work when opened through Windows search bar

You have to run as admin

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