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Windows 7: Start > Search Programs and files not working properly

10 Mar 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apocone View Post
hey! thanks for the info, i had the same problem. im trying to remember what program created that file but its not coming to mind.. hmmm

I think Windows itself created that file!

Because, once I had deleted it and had no problems for a while, but then the problem re occurred when I updated my graphics driver via Device manager by letting Device manager download drivers from the net.

Weird in my opinion! Now that I know I'm not alone, I'm gonna report it to MS!

Thanks for your reply!

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10 Mar 2009   #12

Windows 7

I'm pretty sure it is software / device related. I remember specifically the file being created due to a syntax error of some kind with something I was working with a long time ago. I forgot about the problem (and the file) until I realised it was affecting the start search index.

So there are two issues here:

1) Why does start menu search link every file in its index to C:\Users\Name.file (.file meaning there is no extension) when such a file exists. (This is the Windows part of the bug)

2) What creates the name file?

Do you work with Putty/SSH terminals or Filezilla? I have a sneaking suspicion that the file was created when I used the wrong parameters with a command in one of these apps.
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16 Apr 2011   #13

Windows 7
Altered User Files with Windows 7 Update

My Search Programs and Files on the Start Button stop working precisly after Windows 7 downloaded and installed 23 updates on 4/14/2011. I use automatic daily updates. After being installed when any character was entered in the search box, the screen went blank and returned nothing. I researched many articles and tried to resolve the issue including rebuilding the indexes, etc. I could not find matching entries in the registry keys. I looked at the hotfix but decided against it. I followed the instructions for creating a new user and moved everything over. The Search Programs and Files now works properly. What I did notice in following the instructions that a new set of NTUser files was created on 4/14/2011 at the time of the update and when the search stopped working. The dates havbe now changed to the 15 and 16 as I had accessed them to try and remove them to revert back to the prior copies of the files. The initial user was recreated on 24/1/2010. The ones created on 4/14/2011 were created unkown to myself. The files created by the system on 4/14/2011 are in lower case while in original files are in upper case. The files include:
ntuser.dat ntuser.datLOG1 ntuser.datLOG2 along with 3 other ntuser.dat followed with a binary key. I would hope there would an easier way to fix the problem as it takes a great deal of time to move everything over to the new user and verify everything is working proiperly.
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21 May 2011   #14

Windows 7 64x

I have the same issue as LongvilleLouie. I have spent hours researching and have tried many different "fixes".... I have rebuilt the index several times.I tried the hotfix. System restore.NOTHING works.
I get a complete blank white page when I use windows search. Even if I go the the Control Panel and search it....Once I type in my search and enter....NOTHING.
And as I have read on my accounts....everything works fine in the "Guest Account".I really do not want to have to create another "User" account and transfer everything. Someone must have found the problem by now as it seems to be a common one.
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