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Windows 7: Indexing failure

30 Jan 2011   #21
James Colbert

 
 

You must be investigating? At any rate, another thought:

You never really did specify the what Index Location was specified in Indexing Options. What is it? Have you tried pointing it to your Program Data folder on D:? Or any other location?

James


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30 Jan 2011   #22
nevinmann

 
 

did start\run\%programdata%, and was led to D:\programdata, where there is a Windows folder, but it does not contain a folder named "Search."
Am I following your instruction correctly?
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30 Jan 2011   #23
nevinmann

 
 

I found the Windows.edb file, it's in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search

Should I go back to your earlier instruction about this file or do something else?
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30 Jan 2011   #24
James Colbert

 
 

What location is specified in Indexing options now (as per here)?
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30 Jan 2011   #25
nevinmann

 
 

James,

As above, the Index options point to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search
for saving the index file and that's where the edb file is.
Nevin
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30 Jan 2011   #26
nevinmann

 
 

James,
I have to leave this until tomorrow. I have copied our posts to a Word doc and when we get this sucker solved, I'll put up a summary of all the actions we took. Thanks again for your help.
Nevin
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30 Jan 2011   #27
James Colbert

 
 

Good job finding it. .

Yes, now try instructions here starting with step #4.

James
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30 Jan 2011   #28
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nevinmann View Post
James,
I have to leave this until tomorrow. I have copied our posts to a Word doc and when we get this sucker solved, I'll put up a summary of all the actions we took. Thanks again for your help.
Nevin
Good deal on the summary, and you're welcome. Good luck.

James
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31 Jan 2011   #29
nevinmann

 
 

James,
I have spent several hours on this since last night. See the attached Word document. The edb file gets created, but the indexing still is not executed.


Attached Files
File Type: doc Indexing Windows 7 forum thread.doc (477.5 KB, 10 views)
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31 Jan 2011   #30
James Colbert

 
 

Hi nevinmann. I'm thinking that your problem is the multiple location for user/program data files. There is a tutorial posted by which one can move the Program Data directory, but there have been some problems reported. I'm not sure what percentage of success exists. I think it safe to move any of the User profile folders, but Program Data seems to be problematic.

I'm also guessing that you have changed permissions on some of the system folders/files in addition to relocating and that this has somehow confused Win Search (and may be exhibiting other odd behaviors as well).


I personally would reinstall at this point, but if you wanted to try another option:

after enabling and creating a System Restore point (or, better yet, image the C:\ & D:\ partitions), I would rename or move the entire Search folder in C:\Docs & settings...\, delete the Windows.edb file in D:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search, point the index location to D:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search, restart the machine and see what happens.

All this said, again, I think your best bet is to format C:\ and do a clean install, keeping Program Data in its default location (not forgetting to delete the appropriate folders on D:\. )

It may be a bit of work to set everything back up, but it will pay off in performance and reliability of the system (not just for Search).

No problem at all if you desire to move user profiles and folders, and there are some sure-fire methods of doing this in the tutorial section (just click on 'U' in the Tut index and scroll down to the User tuts). But my recommendation is to leave Program Data/Program Files in their default locations.

Maybe the above (green) option will work. If not (and if there are no othere issues), you may be satisifed using a 3rd party search engine. But I have a feeling that there are other issues related to this as well.

Appreciate the information provided, and do post back to let us know what you did, how it went, or if you need to bandy about more ideas.

James
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