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Windows 7: Indexing has stopped functioning

01 Jun 2013   #1
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Indexing has stopped functioning

I changed the indexing on a file type from File Properties to File Properties and Text (I think)

It said rebuilding could take a while

However - Indexing has 'stopped' running (according to Process Explorer and Task Manager)

Services says it is running - tried stop, start and restart, also tried reboot

The Control Panel Indexing Options reports Indexing is not running, included locations are empty and the Modify button is grey

In advanced the only thing that's 'alive' is the Rebuild button - but the location is empty and the Select New button is grey

Tried this fixit Fix Windows Desktop Search when it crashes or not showing results It told me it found three problems but didn't say what they were

Ran sfc /scannow - says it found no problems

TIA pjd




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01 Jun 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

Have you done any tweaking or used an Optimizer or Registry cleaner on Win7? It doesn't need any of that since it's already the most lightweight OS ever, and it can cause problems like this.

Try to System Restore to before this occurred.

Check the WIndows Search Service and Remote Procedural Call service to see if they are also running.

If this won't resolve it and someone else doesn't have something to try then I'd probably run a Repair Install.

However if you have other corruption issues or less than perfect performance I'd take the time to get a perfect Clean Reinstall using the tools and methods listed which work best for Win7.
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02 Jun 2013   #3
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Have you done any tweaking or used an Optimizer or Registry cleaner on Win7? It doesn't need any of that since it's already the most lightweight OS ever, and it can cause problems like this.
Thanks mate.

Nuh, I don't ever do any of that sort of stuff, they IMO create problems and solve none. I do all housekeeping manually

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try to System Restore to before this occurred.
- I forgot about System Restore - I have one from this morning, and another from yesterday morning - I haven't done anything much system wise other than MSE downloads and giving the epub file type in the indexer a poke.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Check the WIndows Search Service and Remote Procedural Call service to see if they are also running.
RPC Service is running but the Windows Search Service isn't and when I try to start it it says it can't find a file - but gives no indication of which file



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If this won't resolve it and someone else doesn't have something to try then I'd probably run a Repair Install.

However if you have other corruption issues or less than perfect performance I'd take the time to get a perfect Clean Reinstall using the tools and methods listed which work best for Win7.
Repair/Reinstall were my next steps - thanks for the links.

I've been running Win7 since Nov 2009 without having to do a a repair or reinstall - I guess 3.5 years is not too bad, I was aiming for 5 years. I'll probably opt for a clean install because to do a repair I'd have to uninstall SP1, and...

I'll let you know if Restore fixes it

pjd
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02 Jun 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And you`ve never made a disk image in all that time ?
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02 Jun 2013   #5
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
And you`ve never made a disk image in all that time ?
One a week ever since the year DOT, but I don't use them unless I really have to - they contain all the sins of the past.

pjd
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02 Jun 2013   #6
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

System Restore to this AM and yesterday AM did not restore search - symptoms unchanged

So it looks like an Image Recovery as of last Sunday PM, a non destructive System Repair as of now, or Fresh System Install.

Might wait a day or two to see if anyone has any other suggestions on how to fix search

I also want to cogitate on options & opportunities - like should I invest in an SSD, and/or do I wait for 8.1 and upgrade to it, do I forget Windows Search and use an alternate product like DocFetcher which claims to index ePUB files.

pjd
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02 Jun 2013   #7
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

I don't use system restore or indexing. I do make an Image every other day-takes about 20 minutes. Without system restore , your system will perform a great deal better.
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02 Jun 2013   #8
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
I don't use system restore or indexing. I do make an Image every other day-takes about 20 minutes. Without system restore , your system will perform a great deal better.
I am satisfied with performance of my system, its the user that's the bottleneck.

I use Windows Search to index the contents of tens of thousands of documents that I search most every day. Luckily they're backed up onto a linux box, so I've installed Recoll on it to provide a short term backup Search facility.

I do wonder about the efficacy of Restore Points though, they've never fixed anything for me. Nor for that matter have I ever restored from my weekly image backups on Vista or Win 7, I often wonder why I bother doing them, but I figure the week after I stop doing them I will regret it. Was a difference story on XP, where I did restore from image on a couple of occasions.

About a year ago I tried turning indexing off for a few days just to test the theory that its a resource hog. My judgement is that on Vista and Win 7 it makes no practical difference to system performance, providing you run it at Below Normal priority, which is the default. I've seen it cranked up to Normal and even High on some hardware vendor installs. XP was an entirely different story, IMO the only XP desktop search tool that was even half decent was the one from Yahoo - then they scrapped it, all the others were less than ordinary.

pjd
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02 Jun 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
I don't use system restore or indexing. I do make an Image every other day-takes about 20 minutes. Without system restore , your system will perform a great deal better.
I must disagree. Every day we see users here whose WIn7 is saved by System Restore which is a vital system feature that should be kept turned on.

Likewise the OS is designed to easily find anything by typing a key word in the Start search box. You can set the search parameters and rebuild the index by typing Index in Start Search box.

All Win7 functions including Indexing and System Restore should not affect performance on adequate hardware with a clean install. It is a lightweight OS no longer requiring old-school XP service edits.
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02 Jun 2013   #10
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I did a repair install, nothing changed with respect to search, same state as it was in original post. Still doing the post SP1 updates but I not hold out much hope that they will solve the problem. So it looks like its back to last weeks image or a fresh install or use Docfetcher or something

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