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Windows 7: Lost search function - (Win+F) and "Programs and Features" fail.

11 Nov 2011   #1
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Lost search function - (Win+F) and "Programs and Features" fail.

I am stuck and have actioned everything where I can in the following link : Windows Search - Turn On or Off.

Issues I have

1) NO search Tab on the folders option (only General and View)

2) [WIN] key + 'F' fails as there is no search box even though the pop up window appears

3) No search in the windows menu or on the top right of any explorer windows opened.

4) Ran "Programs and Features" in Control Panel tthe pop up window is empty, no list or tick boxes just plain blank white.

5) Ran troubleshooter for 'Search and Indexing' and get the following problems which cannot be fixed automatically :

6) In services activated search

"Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer."

Quote:
"Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories" : Not Fixed (Red cricle with white cross' symbol)

"Windows Search service not running" : Not Fixed (Red cricle with white cross' symbol)
I have searched the forums and other areas of the web. Everything is indicating that the function has been totally removed/disabled. I am unsure how.

Oth links I have read and followed :

Search in Windows 7
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Lost the Windows search feature, even in services in comp management

When starting in services windows reports it can not find the specified file -system error 2.



Please help.

Thanks

Related? : http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ml#post1652157

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11 Nov 2011   #2

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Please run the following commands from an Admin command prompt.
net start wsearch
sc qc wsearch
sc queryex wsearch
sc qprivs wsearch
sc qsidtype wsearch
sc sdshow wsearch

They'll give us a little data to work on.
copy and paste the results into your response, together with the EXACT error message you get when you attempt to start the service from the Services control panel..
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12 Nov 2011   #3
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Please run the following commands from an Admin command prompt.
net start wsearch
sc qc wsearch
sc queryex wsearch
sc qprivs wsearch
sc qsidtype wsearch
sc sdshow wsearch

They'll give us a little data to work on.
copy and paste the results into your response, together with the EXACT error message you get when you attempt to start the service from the Services control panel..
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>net start wsearch
The Windows Search service is starting.
The Windows Search service could not be started.

A system error has occurred.

System error 2 has occurred.

The system cannot find the file specified.


C:\Windows\system32>sc qc wsearch
[SC] QueryServiceConfig SUCCESS

SERVICE_NAME: wsearch
TYPE : 110 WIN32_OWN_PROCESS (interactive)
START_TYPE : 2 AUTO_START
ERROR_CONTROL : 1 NORMAL
BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding
LOAD_ORDER_GROUP :
TAG : 0
DISPLAY_NAME : Windows Search
DEPENDENCIES : RPCSS
SERVICE_START_NAME : LocalSystem

C:\Windows\system32>sc queryex wsearch

SERVICE_NAME: wsearch
TYPE : 110 WIN32_OWN_PROCESS (interactive)
STATE : 1 STOPPED
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 2 (0x2)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0
PID : 0
FLAGS :

C:\Windows\system32>sc qprivs wsearch
[SC] QueryServiceConfig2 SUCCESS

SERVICE_NAME: wsearch
PRIVILEGES : SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
: SeManageVolumePrivilege
: SeImpersonatePrivilege
: SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
: SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
: SeTcbPrivilege

C:\Windows\system32>sc qsidtype wsearch
[SC] QueryServiceConfig2 SUCCESS

SERVICE_NAME: wsearch
SERVICE_SID_TYPE: UNRESTRICTED

C:\Windows\system32>sc sdshow wsearch

DA;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCR
RC;;;IU)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;SU)SAU;FA;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;WD)

C:\Windows\system32>

See above

Thanks again Noel

PS The sad smileys are not me
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12 Nov 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Yeah - the interface picks them up and converts them, unless the line is in a codebox.

There's one of your problems, anyhow - the file appears to be missing! There's nothing else wrong with the output.

Please look in Windows Explorer for the file C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
If it exists, right-click on it and select Properties - tell me as much about it as you can.

If it does not exist, then we'll have to work something out - do you have another machine running Windows 7? Is your disk a proper holgrammed one, or a Recovery disk (if you have a disk at all)?

Try running SFC specifically over the file (whether it exists or not) - SFC /scanfile C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
What response do you get?

There was a Search update - but I'm having problems finding it
My version of the file is 7.0.7601.17610 - modified 4 May 2011.... ah! found it....
You cannot delete long URLs from the browsing history in Internet Explorer on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
try installing that - what happens?
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12 Nov 2011   #5
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Noel

Been busy

Updated BIOS
Checked the SerachIndexer.exe it exists (ran with admin permissions no response positive or negative).
Properties - photos attached (and an image of the blank Turn Program features on or off)
Disk is supplied directly from Microsoft (marketing) it's a Windows 7 Ultimate signature edition with holograms, Steve's signature embossed on case so it fully legitamate and supplied just prior to the offical launch.
SFC /scanfile=C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe came back fine (see attached).
Version of Search is dated 04/05/2011 @ 06:19, ran the updater link but reports already installed.
Snapshot of Indexer troubleshooting


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12 Nov 2011   #6
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I;ve made a decision. As well as other probloems i believe the SSD has problems.

Repair failed.
When running chkdsk /r the system freezes on the one of the steps : file check (Step 4 I think).

I am caught in a loop as I can not by pass it. My mother board has no PS for keyboard and whatever usb port I use the keyboard is disabled at the point windows boot request press any key to bypass.

Restoring from image file also failed (BSOD) 0x0...9 code.

I am now going to install fresh and follow the SSD guide pre installation from the forums.

Thank you for all your help guys and rep points on the way.

I hate going down this route as I feel we have not succeeded. Saying that, I have learnt a lot from everyone and can now go that extra mile with the knowledge shared here when diagnosing future issues.

Hope the post helps others should they fall fowl and start their journey.

Thank you all again.

Peace

Wondering if I should use the SSD as a secondary data drive for programs rather than the OS or maybe the otherway round. Undecided yet.

Thank you
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12 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Here's a few drive testing tools, one of which should work on your SSD to determine its state.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools
HD Diagnostic
If it's OK, the best way, or at least the most used way, is to have your OS on a SSD along with your most-used programs.
This may be of help with Search: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_search/
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13 Nov 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mfx View Post
I hate going down this route as I feel we have not succeeded. Saying that, I have learnt a lot from everyone and can now go that extra mile with the knowledge shared here when diagnosing future issues.



Thank you

No problem - I see that the reinstall hasn't gone too well
I too hate admitting defeat, but it does sound as if you may have hardware problems, and need to get them sorted before attempting anything else.
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13 Nov 2011   #9
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Noel I am just going to run some tests from Brittons links.

Already submitted an RMA with OCZ for the SSD.

I
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13 Nov 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome and good luck on the SSD.
I just finished a clean reinstall myself due to an undetermined no-boot issue, ugh.
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