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Windows 7: Windows Explorer search not working

08 Feb 2013   #1
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Windows Explorer search not working

For example:

If I open "My Documents" and then try to search for a document by entering the name in the top right corner, it doesn't do anything (nothing shows or indicates it is even searching for that document I am trying to locate).

Any ideas why it isn't working?

P.S. It's like this with all the folders i.e. My Pictures/My Music etc...


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08 Feb 2013   #2
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You could try troubleshooting - here is a Tutorial by Brink.

Search and Indexing Troubleshoot Shortcut - Create
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08 Feb 2013   #3
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

A massive thank you!

Ran the above as suggested and it said Windows Search was not running so I enabled it within services.msc (I changed automatic delayed start to just automatic). No idea why it was on automatic delayed start.

Problem solved.
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09 Feb 2013   #4
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You're welcome.
Glad you got the issue fixed!
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30 Oct 2014   #5
dannyk90

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Mangoh I had the same problem with the same fix! how bizarre !
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10 Jan 2015   #6
Shenoi

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Thanks!

Worked as well as it did for Mangoh and others!! Have no clue as to why this happened, but followed your instructions and now my search works like Magic again. Thanks!
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
cherylb

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello,
I tried the above and the trouble shoot did not work find any problems.
My search window in explorer and the search in start menu do not work. When I type a word and hit return nothing happens. I did restart and that had no effect. I also did a system restore to first of month...but since I don't really know when this problem started I can't say that the restore point was early enough.
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