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Windows 7: No Start Search, no Win+F, but Constrained Search works?

23 Mar 2011   #11
foursaken

7 64 Bit
 
 

No errors in device manager, deleted keyboard(s), rebooted, no change. The keyboard definitely isn't the problem, as the "busy" mouse cursor appeared (the first time) when I hit WIN-F.

I cloned a HDD for this install. It was a nightmare to get everything right. I wont be going that route again, especially when dealing with SSD's.

*Everything* was working fine until around SP1.


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23 Mar 2011   #12
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

have a read of this tutorial by brink >>> How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Repair Install
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23 Mar 2011   #13
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Maybe I missed it (if so, blame it on my old age and one remaining - and failing - brain cell) but have you tried uninstalling SP1? If problem(s) persist try running SFC again without SP1.

How to uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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23 Mar 2011   #14
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foursaken View Post
Can't do a repair install, I don't have the drive space (30gig SSD).

No extra drive space needed.
Repair Install repairs the registry.

I would call it a "Registry Repair" function if I had been the one naming the procedure.

As Marsmimar posted remove SP1 then follow Brianzion with a Repair Install.

Follow the links they provided.

Mike
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23 Mar 2011   #15
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

thanks hopalong x

a repair install would be best i think if the file scanner has not picked up on bad files, the posts i have posted should correct the search error you are having. as hopalong x has stated the repair will repair the registry and reset the values for you.
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23 Mar 2011   #16
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

That has become the easiset way for most with registry problems and SP1.

I helped someone fix this the other day after spending all day with them trying to fix a problem with Windows Explorer previews.

Repair install fixed it immedeately.
broken explorer preview Office 2010

After you get things repaired you may want to make System Images for future use.
That is why I keep up to date Windows System Images.
Spend all day searching for a repair that may never be found or ten minutes re imaging.

Just a thought.

Mike
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23 Mar 2011   #17
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Good advice Mike re: system imaging. Almost a must. Quick question for my self.
In post #16 above, you stated "Repair install fixed it immedeately and he didn't remove SP1 first." Was this a Pre-SP1 retail Win 7 DVD he used for the repair install? I didn"t think you could do that. If so, it's very good to know.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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23 Mar 2011   #18
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I'll have to edit my post.

Good catch.

Thanks Mike
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23 Mar 2011   #19
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Great stuff Mike. I was really hoping you could do that. Oh well.
Thanks for getting back.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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23 Mar 2011   #20
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

SP1 has to be removed. In red below.
Only new Win7-SP1 disks will work with SP-1 installed.

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Warning

  • You will not be able to use a OEM Windows 7 Factory Restore/Recovery type of installation disc that came with or created from a store bought computer to do a repair install with. These can only be used do a clean install instead.
  • You cannot do a repair install with a System Repair Disc.
  • If you have a 32-bit (x86) Windows 7 currently installed, then you must use a 32-bit Windows 7 installation disc to be able to do a repair install with.
  • If you have a 64-bit (x64) Windows 7 currently installed, then you must use a 64-bit Windows 7 installation disc to be able to do a repair install with.
  • If you have Windows 7 SP1 installed, then you must use a Windows 7 SP1 installation disc to be able to do a repair install.
    • You can use a Windows 7 SP1 installation disc (ex: Technet (available), MSDN (available), or retail (when available)) to do a repair install with on a currently installed Windows 7 SP1.
    • You cannot use a slipstream Windows 7 installation disc to do a repair install with on a currently installed Windows 7 SP1.
    • You cannot use a slipstream Windows 7 installation disc to do a repair install with on a currently installed slipstream Windows 7 SP1.
    • You can use a Windows 7 SP1 installation disc (ex: Technet (available), MSDN (available), or retail (when available)) to do a repair install with on a currently installed slipstream Windows 7 SP1.
  • You can only do a repair install from within Windows 7.
  • You cannot do a repair install at boot or inSafe Mode.
  • You must be logged into Windows 7 in a administrator account to be able to do a repair install.
  • You must have at least 8.87 GB of free space, more if you have a larger installation, on the hard drive/partition Windows 7 is installed on to do a repair install.
  • If you changed the default location of the Program Files or Programs Files (x86) folder, then you will need to change it back to the C: drive, and change any shortcuts that pointed to the other location to also point to the C: drive before doing a repair install.
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