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Windows 7: Windows 7 Search Function Completely Gone

02 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 Search Function Completely Gone

Well today, when i tried to search for something, I noticed my search bar was gone from my start menu.

So I went to google, searching for an answer, and...

No go.

I looked in my "Windows Features", and it is completely gone. Is there any way to help, without doing a system restore, or re-installing?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #2

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

What do you mean "It's completely gone" ? It's not showing in features?

Like this;



Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry for the late reply, I had to go eat. Anyways, yes it is missing from that list.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Just to clarify, you get that list but "Windows Search" is not on it?

Can you post a screenshot? I have seen the whole list go missing, where just a blank window appears, but not a single item from the list missing. That is rather odd.

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, that is correct.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I also am missing SearchIndex.exe, and all DLL's and MUI's that are used by SearchIndex, from System32.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Just to clarify, you get that list but "Windows Search" is not on it?

Can you post a screenshot? I have seen the whole list go missing, where just a blank window appears, but not a single item from the list missing. That is rather odd.

Regards....Mike Connor
Can you please help me? I really don't want to reinstall.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #8

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Something very fishy is going on there.

First of all, run a Malware scan. Get this,

Malwarebytes

the free version. Download it and run it.

Tell us what it says.

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #9

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

Uncheck what I circled in your Snip post. Indexing Service
That is for something totally different.

That has to be unchecked @ Brink and his tutorials.
I even asked Brink directly about checking that box or not last week and it was not to be checked.
Post #19, 20 and 21.
Windows Features - Turn On or Off

It should go back to normal or you may need to restart your PC.

The Search Index may have to rebuild before it is useful.

Look at Mike Connors- unchecked. So is mine.
Snip of my list on right below.


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #10

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

That's interesting, which tutorial is that?

Am I understanding you correctly, if one checks the "Indexing Service" box, "Windows Search" disappears?

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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