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Windows 7: start menu search broken after windows updates


20 Feb 2012   #1
liquid98

Windows 7 home premiumm
 
 
start menu search broken after windows updates

please help me, I'm stuck on this problem:



After these updates:


Updates :
---------


KB:
2416472
2468871
2487367
2533523
2656351
2446708
2468871
2473228
2478663
2518870
2533523
2539636
2572078
2633870
2656351
Silverlight 4.1.10111.0
2584146
2585542
2588516
2603229
2618451
2619339
2620704
2620712
2631813
2633873
2633952
2640148
2641690
2644615
2645640
2647516
2654428
2656356
2660075

my search function in the start menu is broken.
So when I enter a search term in the "Search programs and files"
field nothing happens.

Also when i double click on explorer.exe, it gives me this error:
"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing
this action. Please install a program or, if one is already
installed, create an association in the Default Programs control
panel."


All userprofiles , also the newly generated ones, are affected by
this error.

I tried all kinds of registry fixes but nothing helps.
I'm pretty sure it has something to do with these updates
because when I restore my system to a point before these updates,
there are no errors. Then auto-update installs these updates and the
error comes up.

So the cause of this problem has to be one of the updates mentioned above.
At least I think...

please help

liquid


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

The only practical solution I can think of other than a system restore is to go to your Control Panel and check the View Installed Updates list under Uninstall a Program.

You should be able to see the order they were installed by the date if nothing else, and then uninstall them one at a time, checking each time whether your Search function has returned to normal.

Make a note of which update is causing the problem, and then choose the Hide option when Windows Updates again offers the update in question.

Your problem is one of the reasons I always install updates one at a time. It is more time-consuming, but it does give you the chance to isolate any update that's giving you a problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #3
liquid98

Windows 7 home premiumm
 
 

Ok,

Thanks for your help. Do I have to restart after each update turned off?
Iow are changes immediately noticeable?

There has to be some MS-person around who "KNOWS'' what update is causing
these problems, right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

A restart would be good after each one you uninstall.

Try a search after each restart and as soon as the Search function starts to work normally, you'll at least have isolated which update is giving you trouble.

I'm sorry I don't KNOW which update is causing the problem no more than any MS-person as you put it would KNOW which update is causing the problem. If they did, I'm sure Microsoft wouldn't be offering the update.

You might also want to download and run the System Updates Readiness Tool, which can solve problems with Windows Updates.

You haven't said whether you are using the 32-bit version of Windows or the 64-bit version so I'll give you the link for both versions of SURT.

32-bit version of SURT: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ang=en&id=3132

64-bit version of SURT: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ng=en&id=20858
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #5
Qdos

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquid98 View Post
There has to be some MS-person around who "KNOWS'' what update is causing these problems, right?
Even if there was, without your system specifications for whatever hardware you're running, it'd be pretty difficult to speculate...

Please complete your system spec's and you might get additional support...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #6
liquid98

Windows 7 home premiumm
 
 

Thanx, I'll try that first then.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #7
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
The only practical solution I can think of other than a system restore is to go to your Control Panel and check the View Installed Updates list under Uninstall a Program.

You should be able to see the order they were installed by the date if nothing else, and then uninstall them one at a time, checking each time whether your Search function has returned to normal.
Hi Liquid,

Andrews suggestion above, whilst time-consuming, is an excellent troubleshooter for this problem. Unfortunately there are far too many updates in there for us (volunteers here), let alone Microsoft, to be able to pinpoint the exact one causing the problems.

Regards,
Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #8
liquid98

Windows 7 home premiumm
 
 

Yes I fully understand that,

And well I was just hoping for a known update to cause this problem...

seavixen32: It might be a good idea to roll back and work the other way round by
installing updates one by one. How do I install updates one by one?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquid98 View Post
Yes I fully understand that,

And well I was just hoping for a known update to cause this problem...

seavixen32: It might be a good idea to roll back and work the other way round by
installing updates one by one. How do I install updates one by one?
Go into Windows Updates and change your settings, as this screenshot shows.

-update.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #10
liquid98

Windows 7 home premiumm
 
 

Ok thanx guys!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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