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Windows 7: Start and explorer search function broken?

01 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Start and explorer search function broken?

The problem....

Typing anything into the search box on the start menu or in windows explorer/control panel has no effect, no results are found. It doesnt say no result are found it just displays nothing. This extends to everything, searching for files as well as things like 'cmd' and 'regedit'.

Example - If i search for 'notes', the name of a txt file on my desktop, it finds nothing. If I then click see more results I get the following message. "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"
I am the only user on my laptop and am of course the admin so this message makes no sense.

Solutions tried....

- Doing a full reindexing of everything from the indexing options.
- Turning the search feature off, restarting and turning it on again.
- Using the inbuilt troubleshooter to find problems (none found).
- Using the downloaded troubleshooter from microsoft (found two problems and corrected them, still not working though).

So now i'm out of ideas. Can anyone suggests any fixes?
Thanks for your time.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 64 bit

After searching all day I've found a solution to the problem in another forum.

Navigate to this folder,
c:\Users\Your name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\1033\
And delete the file StructuredQuerySchema.bin

Its that simple, my search started working straight away. With so many complicated fixes and solutions why didnt microsoft know about this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 10 x64

Thanks for the update ... sad no?
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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