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Windows 7: Windows Search Service can't start, Error 1613

20 May 2013   #1
jmarevalo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Search Service can't start, Error 1613

Hello all,

Recently my search using the top right bar in Windows Explorer is not working.
It was working ok yesterday.

Upon looking on Services, Windows Search status is Stopped.
When I try to start Windows Search Service I get the following error.
"Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer.
Error 1613: The installation package cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service. You must install a Windows service pack that contains a newer version of the Windows Installer service."

I also checked Event Viewer and found this under Administrative Events:
"The Windows Search service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 36 time(s)."

Your help is much appreciated.


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21 May 2013   #2
britny

microsoft window7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Jmarevalo


-First you should delete all files with .BLF and .REGTRANS-MS extension by following directory:

C:\windows\system32\config\TxR

-May be these files in the folder location above are hidden and to view these Files you should set the system under Tools - Folder Options.

-After deleting these files , reboot your system. Once rebooted, hopefully the Windows Search service will start
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21 May 2013   #3
jmarevalo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

britny

Followed your suggestions and managed to locate the .BLF and .REGTRANS-MS files in the TxR folder.

5x REGTRANS-MS files
2x BLF files

Problem I encountered is it won't let me delete those files.
File in Use warning appears and says the files are open in System.
I tried using 3rd party software like Unlocker to identify process/handle using those files but the software says no locking handles are found.
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22 May 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

Type services in Start Search box, in Services.msc start Windows Search service and set to Auto.

Rebuild your Index: Index - Rebuild - Windows 7 Forums.

Run SFC /SCANNOW Command, report back results.
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24 May 2013   #5
jmarevalo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

gregrocker

Windows Search Service is now set to Automatic.

I can not seem to rebuild the index.
In attached screenshot, Indexing is not running and certain options in Advanced options are greyed out.
Nothing also seems to be happening when I press Ok after Rebuild.

SFC /SCANNOW results are Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.


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Windows Search Service can't start, Error 1613-indexing-greyed-out.jpg  
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24 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

Click the link and follow the steps to Troubleshoot Search and Indexing.
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24 May 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Do you have SP-1 installed?
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27 May 2013   #8
jmarevalo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

gregrocker

Doing the Search and Indexing troubleshooting as adminstrator here is the problem found.

"Windows Search service not running - Not Fixed - (X)"
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27 May 2013   #9
jmarevalo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

layback bear

Yes, the Windows 7 Home Premium OS came with SP-1 installed.
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27 May 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

Type Services.msc in Start Search box, click result at top.

Start WIndows Search Service, set to Automatic (delayed).

If this fails, run a full Malwarebytes scan,

Uninstall any bloatware AV and install Microsoft Security Essentials run a full scan.
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