Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows Search Won't Start


19 Apr 2012   #1

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 
Windows Search Won't Start

Windows Search in Windows 7 64bit has stopped working. I am unable to Start the Service. StartUp Type is set to Automatic.

I am not sure but I suspect this started after a recent Windows Update.

When I try to start the service, I get a message that says, "Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer." "Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified."

However, WindowsSearch.exe is indeed in C:\Windows\System32 folder.
When I ran SFC on WindowsSearch.exe and on srvsvc.dll, no problems were reported.
In fact, running SFC on the entire system returned no problems or errors.

In Windows Features, both Indexing Service and Windows Search are checked.

In /Control Panel/Indexing Options, "Indexing is not running."

When I run, "Troubleshoot search and indexing," I get the messages:
"Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories"
"Windows Search service not running"

I could not find the Windows Search directories.

I would be so very grateful for help with this ... I'm losing hair rapidly !!!!!!!

Thank you, Bill


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

19 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

hx,

Windows search should be put into automatic (delayed start) in services. In windows features, Indexing service should be turned OFF. In Taskbar and Start Menu properties, under Start Menu tab, click "Customize...". Under "Search other files and libraries", select Search with (or without) public folders. Check the box that says, "Search programs and Control Panel". In Indexing Options, Select "Advanced", Take a look at where the index is located under "Index Location", and decide if you want to move it or not. Click "Rebuild".

If any of these steps do not work, restart the computer. If they do not work even after this, the problem lies elsewhere. Hope this helps some.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #3

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

DustSailor,
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Much appreciated!
Unfortunately, I made the changes but the problem remains.
Bill
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


19 Apr 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #5

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Jacee, thank you very much for your reply.
Unfortunately, none of the suggestions had any effect.
Bill
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

wonder if a repair install would work?: Repair Install - tutorial created by Brink

Could it be a program interfering with it? What antivirus program do you have, and do you run any registry cleaners, tune-up tools, optimizers, etc?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #7

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
wonder if a repair install would work?: Repair Install - tutorial created by Brink

Could it be a program interfering with it? What antivirus program do you have, and do you run any registry cleaners, tune-up tools, optimizers, etc?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hopefully, it would. But I am hoping to avoid that.

Another program interfering is always possible...
I am using only Microsoft Security Essentials & Windows Defender
I also use System Mechanic and Ccleaner.

I'm not having any other problems anywhere else. Except for not being able to Search in Outlook, everything is running great.

Thanks, again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

A repair install is not a complete reinstall, you retain programs. Read up on that tutorial, it is worth trying out.

Just a warning, Ccleaner or system mechanic could always have been the reason this thing is messed up. Though I've used, and like, Ccleaner, and know nothing about sys mechanic, Anything that changes registry items or attempts to make your computer 'better' runs the risk of messing it up. Windows Defender (service) should be set in manual mode, and it shouldn't be running if you have Microsoft Security Essentials running, as that antivirus encorporates Defender inside it, so it turns Defender off automatically. So unless you've tried to turn it back on, you only have MSE running (which is perfectly fine).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #9

win 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Oops ... I meant Windows Firewall -- not Defender.
Yes, anything can happen. That said, I must say I would be pretty shocked if either Sys Mech or Ccleaner was the cuplrit. I been using them for years and never a hint of a problem.
I may have to do the reinstall. Time will tell ...
Thanks again!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Let's see if VEW by Vino Rosso (event viewer) shows us a bit bit more ...

Please download VEW by Vino Rosso http://images.malwareremoval.com/vino/VEW.exe
and save it to your desktop.

Double click it to start it Note: If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you will need to right click the file and select Run as administrator and click Continue or Allow at the User Account Control Prompt.

Click the check boxes next to Application and System located under Select log to query on the upper left.

Under Select type to list on the right click the boxes next to Error and Warning Note: If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 also click the box next to Critical (not XP).

Under Number or date of events select Number of events and type 20 in the box next to 1 to 20 and click Run.

Once it finishes it will display a log file in notepad
Copy and paste its entire contents into your next reply
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows Search Won't Start




Thread Tools




Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:34 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33