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Windows 7: Highly annoying: The Windows Search service started then stopped...

12 Jan 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If you know exactly what you have updated/changed to give rise to the issue and they are all software related, try uninstalling them one at a time, and each time one has been uninstalled, reboot, shut down, then reboot again and see if your search function is restored.

Another, perhaps quicker option is to use System Restore (Click Start button, Type "System Restore" in Search Progs and files button, See prog Icon at top of list) Open Prog and follow instructions, Select a restore point just before the software changes you have made when the Search function was still working.

This will hopefully resolve the issue, but don't forget that all changes made after the selected restore point will be lost, and you won't know exactly which change caused the problem. That can only be solved by systematically making the changes and checking the search function after each change.

Do you need ALL of those security apps?

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12 Jan 2015   #12
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nik321 View Post
Magnet! I think you hit the nail on the head... I was updating and running a whole bunch of spyware, malware & antivirus scans with Spybot, Malwarebytes & Avast... Maybe that caused the problem, but how can i fix it??
The 3 software items you mention, Spybot, Malwarebytes and Avast, are all respected and reputable; the only questionable aspect would be the download site you visited which could have had an infected copy of the software. Did the results of the scans show any infections?

As a caveat, don't run all of them concurrently in real time.
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12 Jan 2015   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, Magnet & Sir George... I am pretty sure I went to the legit download sites... I use all 3 because I don't know of a solid 3-in-one combined anti-spyware, anti-malware & anti-virus... If you have any good suggestions, please let me know.

In the next few hours, I will uninstall them one by one and post an update on if it fixed the Windows Search or not.
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12 Jan 2015   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I've used Norton Internet Security for several years now and run Malwarebytes (I have to admit) only occasionally.

Just in case it's not connected with your security software, do you know exactly when the problem first occurred? Have you made any other changes.

Might be an idea, to download, install, and run a trial version of one of the top security suites and perform a full system scan. You can always uninstall later if you don't want to stay with it. This should reveal if anything unwelcome has invaded your hard drive.
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12 Jan 2015   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I removed all 3 programs - Spybot, Malwarebytes & Avast - did 3 reboots, tried turning windows search on and off... nothing worked

I have spent quite a lot of time over the last week looking for a solution... I still can't delete all the files under the TxR folder even in safe mode.

Search starts and then stops... says some programs on the local machine are preventing it from starting but does not tell me which ones... PLEASE HELP!! GET ME OUT OF THIS WINDOWS SEARCH MISERY!!!
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13 Jan 2015   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Trying to solve the problem when I had it, I also could not delete the TXR files, and I don't think you can.

Did you consider any other software installations as suggested above?

Have you installed and done a full system scan with something like this: Kaspersky Free Trials & Product Downloads | Kaspersky Lab GB

Did you try System Restore?
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15 Jan 2015   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The only other software installation was a Salesforce add-in for Outlook... I don't want to disable or mess with that because it took a while to set up... Do you think that might be causing this Windows Search problem.

The exact error I get is "Windows Search service on Local Computer started then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they are not in use by other services or programs."

So, the question is what other services or programs use Windows Search that could be interfering with it??

I didn't bother with a System Restore because I've changed things quite a bit since my last restore point that it would be too tough to go back to.

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07 Mar 2015   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601) Install Language: English (United States) Syste

Does anyone have any ideas? I have the same problem. Windows search service is set to automatic start, i use Avast free antivirus, I used linux (puppy) to delete all the files in windows/system32/config/txr, and restarted windows and still cannot get windows indexing to start, and it fails to find files i know are present. I've tried to add additional search paths in the indexing options/advanced menu but they will not stick, i've tried rebuilding the index but if it happens it does not help - i don't think they rebuild, as since i deleted them there are now 7 files all of zero size. I'm now using something called ultrasearch which is faster and probably better than windows 7search anyway, but i don't like things to not work and worry what else might be affected so would like to get to the bottom of this issue. Many, many moons ago, i think search did work, but too far in the past for restore to be an option. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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