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Windows 7: Cannot Remove Windows Search or Tablet PC

03 Jul 2009   #1
PotatoMan83

 
Cannot Remove Windows Search or Tablet PC

I am running the x86 build of Windows 7 7264. Upon multiple attempts to remove the Windows Search and Tablet PC functions from the remove Windows features screen, the login prompt repeatidly tells me that it failed to make changes and reverts back. Anyone know a fix for this? Thank you!

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03 Jul 2009   #2
DJG

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PotatoMan83 View Post
I am running the x86 build of Windows 7 7264. Upon multiple attempts to remove the Windows Search and Tablet PC functions from the remove Windows features screen, the login prompt repeatidly tells me that it failed to make changes and reverts back. Anyone know a fix for this? Thank you!
1 - How exactly are you attempting to remove these, through the control panel Programs and Features?

2 - Is the system a tablet?

3 - Do you have any anti-virus software running?

4 - Have you tried from Safe Mode?
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03 Jul 2009   #3
PotatoMan83

 

I am removing it normally. Programs and Features and then add/remove windows features. I have done it with all builds of windows 7 and have only had this happen on one other build before. I am only running Microsoft Security Essentials.

The system is not a tablet-pc so thats why I am removing it.
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03 Jul 2009   #4
PotatoMan83

 

actually uninstalling the windows search from windows 7 does remove the bar from the start menu. Ive been doing it with every build I have, and it has made a significant increase in performance by not having it.
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03 Jul 2009   #5
DJG

 

I just tried it on my 7232 x64 workstation (I need it in my Lenovo X61t!) and it removed the tablet features no problem. Hmmm.

Have you tried booting in safe mode (set it through msconfig, reboot in safe mode, disable the tablet features, reboot again in safe mode (don't need to do anything for that), login, then use msconfig again to disable safe mode and reboot again in normal mode. I can't think of anything that could cause that except some third party service or such.

I found that if disable search in the Windows features I also cannot do a basic search in Explorer, so I end up just diabling the Windows Indexing service, as well as the Windows Media network sharing.
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03 Jul 2009   #6
PotatoMan83

 

I tried in safemode. It actually will not let me remove anything from that section..nothing at all, including games. It will do it, says it needs to restart, then it will begin "configuring windows settings", reboot, continue to configure then say "failure to apply changes, reverting back"...Is there a specific file or service that this is based off of or something? Its getting a bit obnoxious
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04 Jul 2009   #7
DJG

 

No, nothing at all. It has the services installed but not active unless it senses the tablet resurces and devices. There's got to be some bizarre thing going on (technical term ). I was able to just go to the CP, check it off, re-started and it was gone, with my antivirus & malware utilities on. But as I said, I'm on 7232 x64. I had some really bad stuff happen coying across the network between two PCs with 7264 so I reverted to 7232.
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04 Jul 2009   #8
PotatoMan83

 

Well, I pre-ordered my copy off the microsoft store..they only took one dollar out until the actual item is shipped, so, maybe I'll just go back to 7260 until then.
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04 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 x86 and x64 - RTM
 
 
Search Problem...

I have a similar problem with Search...I removed the feature through the Control Panel, then decided I couldn't live without it. When I try to put it back, the process fails in the reboot step and tells me it's going to revert back to the original configuration (which means there is no Search available).

This seems to be a wider problem than we might expect this close to RTM!!!

I'm running Build 7264 x86 version on a Thinkpad T41. I wonder if repair would fix it???
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04 Jul 2009   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
remove search

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PotatoMan83 View Post
I am running the x86 build of Windows 7 7264. Upon multiple attempts to remove the Windows Search and Tablet PC functions from the remove Windows features screen, the login prompt repeatidly tells me that it failed to make changes and reverts back. Anyone know a fix for this? Thank you!
I dont knnow why you would want to but you can kill them. type services.msc and turn them off or disable them. But remember be careful

ken
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