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Windows 7: Cannot enable "Search suggestions" in "Google Search Provider"

20 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit)
 
 
Cannot enable "Search suggestions" in "Google Search Provider"

Hi there,

I think the title is self-explanatory. I have installed the Google search provider from the official Google webpage (Make Google your Default Search Engine) on IE 8 and noticed that it does not suggest as I type. I opened "Manage Search Providers" and see "Not Available" besides "Search suggestions".

Any help on this?

Thanks!

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20 Dec 2011   #2

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

At the bottom of the Manage Add-Ons page you will see, "Learn more about search engine preferences" click on that.

Scroll down to, and click on "To turn search suggestions on or off" it will lay it out for you there.

Post back if you need more clarification.
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20 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit)
 
 

I am aware of how to turn the feature on and off. My question is why cannot I enable this feature? It says "Not available"...
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20 Dec 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Due to human nature I concentrated on your thread title, and interpreted/equated, not available as cannot enable.

You probably have a corrupted/crippled install.
If you have just the one instance of google installed, you will have to remove it, and then re-install it.

If you have problems deleting it, it maybe because it is the default.
For the time being switch to bing as the default, delete the google entry. Then do the re-install.

You may want to try using IE's version: Internet Explorer Gallery | Add ons | Google Search

For an explanation: Remove older crippled Google Search Provider
It is for IE9, but I would think the same affect would happen to IE8.

Scroll down to the second screenshot, he explains that the crippled google had a .gr suffix instead of .com that is why it was crippled.
Even if yours does have .com I would still get IE's version, sometimes the two do not play nice when they intermingle, ever notice you can only download updates from microsoft with IE? Other browsers do not work.


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20 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit)
 
 

Thanks for your steps. My issue is fixed. Removing and reinstalling the search provider from Internet Explorer Gallery fixed the issue.

Wonder why the official Google search provider on Google does not enable search suggestion.
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20 Dec 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Your welcome.
Thank you, for letting us know your all fixed, how you went about getting it done, and marking your thread solved.

As far as your wonderment, there are too many reasons to list.
I can only offer that a higher entity may know the answer to that. (If you believe in one)
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