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Windows 7: run command in search box

14 Nov 2010   #1
djlm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
run command in search box

Hi all,

I have until recently used windows 7's search box as a "run command" replacement, typing cmd, frontpg, winword, excel, etc.. to open these programs quickly.

Recently my search box stopped working like this and is now only a... search box. If I type CMD it will no longer run command prompt, but will search from CMD within my PC.

I know I can Window+R or even add the run command back to the start menu, but I really want to use the search box for run command as I have been doing.

Any ideas what can cause this and how to fix? I've already searched for virus and malware but nothing found after using 2 different programs and also kapersky's online scan.

Thanks to all.

Kindly,

DJ LM


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14 Nov 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djlm View Post
Hi all,

I have until recently used windows 7's search box as a "run command" replacement, typing cmd, frontpg, winword, excel, etc.. to open these programs quickly.

Recently my search box stopped working like this and is now only a... search box. If I type CMD it will no longer run command prompt, but will search from CMD within my PC.

I know I can Window+R or even add the run command back to the start menu, but I really want to use the search box for run command as I have been doing.

Any ideas what can cause this and how to fix? I've already searched for virus and malware but nothing found after using 2 different programs and also kapersky's online scan.

Thanks to all.

Kindly,

DJ LM
Might be an association issue. Try tying in winword.exe


Ken J
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14 Nov 2010   #3
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

It should work like a it used to work . It is failing may be due to some system file corruption , I guess . Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker , if there is any corruption, that will be fixed .
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14 Nov 2010   #4
djlm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Ken,

Thanks. I've tried that but it still only searched :-(

Best Regards,

DJ LM


Hi Arc,

Running the command now. Will go out to eat and on my return I'll post the result. Many thanks.

Best,

DJ LM
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14 Nov 2010   #5
djlm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

The SFC /SCANNOW command was quicker thank I though. It's finished, but nothing happened, it just shut down after it ended.

Still not working the run from search box :-(

Thanks for helping either way.

Best,

DJ LM
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14 Nov 2010   #6
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Try a System Restore.
Just in case. It won't hurt anything and may fix. Easy to do.
System Restore

Do you know what day it started? Go back one day from there.
Worth a try.
Mike
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14 Nov 2010   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

And finally try Repair Install (if system restore also fails ) .
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14 Nov 2010   #8
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

It sounds like you have a corrupt index and you might need to rebuild it.



Improve Windows searches using the index: frequently asked questions
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14 Nov 2010   #9
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djlm View Post
Hi all,

I have until recently used windows 7's search box as a "run command" replacement, typing cmd, frontpg, winword, excel, etc.. to open these programs quickly.

Recently my search box stopped working like this and is now only a... search box. If I type CMD it will no longer run command prompt, but will search from CMD within my PC.

I know I can Window+R or even add the run command back to the start menu, but I really want to use the search box for run command as I have been doing.

Any ideas what can cause this and how to fix? I've already searched for virus and malware but nothing found after using 2 different programs and also kapersky's online scan.

Thanks to all.

Kindly,

DJ LM
djlm, I'm not fully understanding your issue. What happens when you type "cmd" in the search box? You don't get a results window? Here's what I get when I try it.

Name:  window.jpg
Views: 19
Size:  106.6 KB

At this point, if I hit enter, the command prompt pops right up. Is this not what you get? What appears in the results window after you type "cmd"?


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14 Nov 2010   #10
djlm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Try a System Restore.
Just in case. It won't hurt anything and may fix. Easy to do.
System Restore

Do you know what day it started? Go back one day from there.
Worth a try.
Mike
It's been going on for over a month now. Using the restore, if it doesn't work can I "unrestore" to my current state before using restore?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
And finally try Repair Install (if system restore also fails ) .
Can I do this without my DVD in the drive? My drive is dead, but I can easily copy the contents to a pendrive on my notebook which has a working dvd drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
It sounds like you have a corrupt index and you might need to rebuild it.



Improve Windows searches using the index: frequently asked questions
Will test this. I'll report later with results.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mborner View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djlm View Post
Hi all,

I have until recently used windows 7's search box as a "run command" replacement, typing cmd, frontpg, winword, excel, etc.. to open these programs quickly.

Recently my search box stopped working like this and is now only a... search box. If I type CMD it will no longer run command prompt, but will search from CMD within my PC.

I know I can Window+R or even add the run command back to the start menu, but I really want to use the search box for run command as I have been doing.

Any ideas what can cause this and how to fix? I've already searched for virus and malware but nothing found after using 2 different programs and also kapersky's online scan.

Thanks to all.

Kindly,

DJ LM
djlm, I'm not fully understanding your issue. What happens when you type "cmd" in the search box? You don't get a results window? Here's what I get when I try it.

Attachment 114073

At this point, if I hit enter, the command prompt pops right up. Is this not what you get? What appears in the results window after you type "cmd"?
Hi,

This made me think that even the search funcion is not working right, as I get this results, no icons on them, and pressing enter does nothing after typing.

Name:  cmd.jpg
Views: 7
Size:  32.0 KB


Thanks again to all that replied.


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