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Windows 7: Search programs and files blank/no results

11 Jun 2011   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes 20 minutes is an unusually long time. It has taken mine 3-4 minutes. As stated this Win 7 SP1 is stable and adds some security.
You may try restore in Safe Mode, or boot into Repair options and do a Repair Install.

Also check in Admin Tools>Services and make sure Windows search is running and set for auto start.


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11 Jun 2011   #12
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I logged onto my Guest account and the search function is working as normal. Is there any significance to this?
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11 Jun 2011   #13
James Colbert

 
 

Hi sloth1. Is your start menu normal otherwise, i.e., it shows recent programs, user files, etc.?
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11 Jun 2011   #14
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, everything seems to look normal
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11 Jun 2011   #15
James Colbert

 
 

Thanks for the screenshot. The fact that it runs in another user account may mean that your windows search database has become corrupted. I recommend you read the entire thread, but this link is to a permalinked post that will show you how to delete the windows.edb file, which may correct your problem:

Indexing failure

Also, have you changed any user files locations, including program data locations?
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11 Jun 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What is Screen Hunter Patrick?
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11 Jun 2011   #17
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, James.

Before I attempt this, I wanted to create a restore point just in case. However, I don't even see the option to do so, anymore...


Ugh...problem after problem. Do you have any idea why I can't create one?
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11 Jun 2011   #18
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
What is Screen Hunter Patrick?
It's what I use to take screen shots of small areas like I'm doing in this thread
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11 Jun 2011   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

go to System in the CP, system, system protection, create.
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11 Jun 2011   #20
James Colbert

 
 

Wise decision, but that's the restore window. You want to create a restore point, not restore one:

System Restore Point - Create
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