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Windows 7: Instant Search not working!

13 Nov 2009   #11


No. I have already on!

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13 Nov 2009   #12


What now? :X
Thanks for helping but still not solved
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13 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Remove the C: drive from the search index for the time being.
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13 Nov 2009   #14


This is a very bad state to get into as you are pretty much stuck unless you know the magic regkey to set to fix it. The bad state persists across reboots. You most likely got into this state by pasting a path into the search box, hitting home, then holding down the delete key. It is also likely that you have, at some point, changed your keyboard repeat rate setting to be slower than normal. Anyway, on to the fix.

1) Open regedit
2) Navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}\TopViews\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
3) You should see that "GroupBy" is set to null. This is the problem. Change "GroupBy" to "System.StartMenu.Group" (without the quotes)
4) Restart explorer

Congratulations on stumbling upon one of the nastiest bugs in Win7!
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13 Nov 2009   #15


Thanks for the help... Problem solved :P
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13 Nov 2009   #16


Just one more little question... can I disable UAC just for one program?
Thanks once more
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13 Nov 2009   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

No, its systemwide. Those programs shouldn't be used. They are insecure and poorly coded.
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29 Jul 2011   #18

windows 7 64bit
one problem, please help

If you are still here, I have the same problem but in your fix, I cannot find the

2) Navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\

Everything is good till i look for the "foldertypes" folder, it's not there???? Any ideas
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