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Windows 7: Windows Explorer search not working

08 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Windows Explorer search not working

For example:

If I open "My Documents" and then try to search for a document by entering the name in the top right corner, it doesn't do anything (nothing shows or indicates it is even searching for that document I am trying to locate).

Any ideas why it isn't working?

P.S. It's like this with all the folders i.e. My Pictures/My Music etc...

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08 Feb 2013   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

You could try troubleshooting - here is a Tutorial by Brink.

Search and Indexing Troubleshoot Shortcut - Create
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08 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

A massive thank you!

Ran the above as suggested and it said Windows Search was not running so I enabled it within services.msc (I changed automatic delayed start to just automatic). No idea why it was on automatic delayed start.

Problem solved.
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09 Feb 2013   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

You're welcome.
Glad you got the issue fixed!
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30 Oct 2014   #5

Windows 10 Pro

Mangoh I had the same problem with the same fix! how bizarre !
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10 Jan 2015   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Worked as well as it did for Mangoh and others!! Have no clue as to why this happened, but followed your instructions and now my search works like Magic again. Thanks!
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29 Jan 2015   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

I tried the above and the trouble shoot did not work find any problems.
My search window in explorer and the search in start menu do not work. When I type a word and hit return nothing happens. I did restart and that had no effect. I also did a system restore to first of month...but since I don't really know when this problem started I can't say that the restore point was early enough.
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19 Feb 2017   #8

New South Wales
One HD not working for search other 2 okay

the search works on 2 of my HDs but not the 3rd one which is 2TB.

Interestingly enough I recently partitioned the drive and the near empty section is now working for search.
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