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Windows 7: Search box in start menu does not work

26 May 2009   #11
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

hahha, surprising, good you picked up on that, not sure how many average users would trek into the pits of the registry, good call

Enzo.


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15 Jun 2009   #12
eh2

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Hey i too am having the same problems......... could you also tell me the fix...... ..... i've been going mad for the solution.....the only workaround i had till now was creating a new account and copying your files and settings to it...... but that also didnt work well....... (this problem is only found with ppl who have upgraded from 70** to rc)......
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28 Jan 2010   #13
rIpGuRl

Windows 7
 
 

I'm currently facing the same problem. I use windows 7 and i have recently modify the registry to optimize the shutdown speed. And now the search box is not working. Can you please tell me exactly what you change in the registry for it to work?
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04 Apr 2010   #14
lukerz8

Windows 7
 
 
Same problem

I am having the same problem, and would love to know what you did in the registry for a solution.
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10 Apr 2010   #15
jonny163

Windows 7 32bit + Ubuntu (Dual Boot on both platforms)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iinlane View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OEM View Post
On another thread, it was brought to my attention that you can uninstall /reinstall the search service.

Try going to:

Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features

and in the left plane, click on "Turn Windows features on or off". In the new window scroll down to "windows search", un-check it, click OK and restart.
After restart, go back and re-check "windows search", restart and see if that does the trick. Good Luck
Already tried that but it didn't help.

Just got it working, the problem was somewhere in registry. Butchered big part of current_user/software/microsoft/windows before I got it working. I localized the problem by renaming NTUSER.dat by using a temporary account; it helped.

It's the dirtiest fix I have ever done to my computer.

Br, Robert.
Can you, or anyone else explain this? I have this exact problem and have no idea what to do. I took some screenshots to show my problem but the shots in the OP here are exactly the same. Thanks
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10 Apr 2010   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonny163 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iinlane View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OEM View Post
On another thread, it was brought to my attention that you can uninstall /reinstall the search service.

Try going to:

Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features

and in the left plane, click on "Turn Windows features on or off". In the new window scroll down to "windows search", un-check it, click OK and restart.
After restart, go back and re-check "windows search", restart and see if that does the trick. Good Luck
Already tried that but it didn't help.

Just got it working, the problem was somewhere in registry. Butchered big part of current_user/software/microsoft/windows before I got it working. I localized the problem by renaming NTUSER.dat by using a temporary account; it helped.

It's the dirtiest fix I have ever done to my computer.

Br, Robert.
Can you, or anyone else explain this? I have this exact problem and have no idea what to do. I took some screenshots to show my problem but the shots in the OP here are exactly the same. Thanks
See if this helps you out,
Windows Search - Turn On or Off
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10 Apr 2010   #17
jonny163

Windows 7 32bit + Ubuntu (Dual Boot on both platforms)
 
 

I tried that :S
No result, I'm attempting to look through the registry but I have no idea what to do in it. I also have another user account to test stuff out

I found this answer on a similar thread

Quote:
I ran into the same problem over the past couple days with Windows 7 RC and finally dug into it some more.


1. End Task on EXPLORER.EXE from Task Manager.

2. Start the Registry Editor

3. Look for the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{EF87B4CB-F2CE-4785-8658-4CA6C63E38C6}\TopViews\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

4. Rename the key so it looks like the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{EF87B4CB-F2CE-4785-8658-4CA6C63E38C6}\TopViews\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}.BACKUP

5. From Task Manager click on File | New Task (Run) and type EXPLORER.EXE and hit return.

6. Now try your search from the Start Menu again.

If the above process doesn't work for you, you can always put it back the way it was by reversing the process above.
It worked for me
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10 Apr 2010   #18
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Glad to hear that jonny163,
And thanks for posting your solution, that will help someone else.
Derek
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10 Apr 2010   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

jonny,
Have you any idea as to what you did to cause the problem in the first place?
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11 Apr 2010   #20
jonny163

Windows 7 32bit + Ubuntu (Dual Boot on both platforms)
 
 

No idea what caused the problem, but then I has n00b skillz when it comes to computers :P

I was making some alterations to my netbook though, I don't think they are related.
I was installing wubi to see if I liked Ubuntu and it said that the metalink couldn't be downloaded and therefore neither could the .ISO
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