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    System File Checker

    I've lost my search companion (Rover) and have tried everything (almost) to get him back. I tried to reinstall search companion files by going to Run and typing: %systemroot%inf and clicking install. That required my CD to find some files but when finished the problem remained.

    I found Srchasst.inf file and clicked install, that fail to fix it also.

    I just tried to run File Checker from Run and enter sfc /scan now. A window briefly appeared but closed so fast I couldn't even see what it said. Is there something I can do to run SFC correctly? I need my doggie back.
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    Re: System File Checker

    Hi Gloria,

    Which "Search Assistant" program were you using? There are many out there, including some you definitely wouldn't want anywhere near your PC. If your's installs as a stand-alone program, did you check for it in the Control Panel (Add/Remove programs)?

    If you're referring to the IE Search Assistant, see also:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303210/en-us
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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...32(VS.85).aspx
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    Re: System File Checker

    Gloria,
    I don't think System File Checker ( SFC ) would do anything to restore your search assistant, since it isn't a system file.

    But just for the record: your command, <big>sfc /scan now</big> , is wrong. it's sfc /scannow with no space between scan and now.
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    Re: System File Checker

    I was using what is sometimes referred to as Windows Search Companion. That was probably the best term to use.
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    Re: System File Checker

    Thanks Bob, I've corrected the Run file and ran SFC. I had to hit Retry about 30 times, then a third of the way finished it switched to asking me for a Windows XP Service Pack 2 CD. After inserting it, I got a message that said it was the wrong CD. SFC has always given me problems of one kind or another. Now I have 2 problems (what a mess).

    Any suggestions about how to make SFC run correctly? One problem at a time is all I can handle.
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    Re: System File Checker

    Hi Gloria,

    OK, the approach you're taking with "%systemroot%inf" is meant to be used with XP SP1 if you're getting the Error Message: "A File That Is Required to Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found". See: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319949. There are other approaches mentioned in that link too. It is also important to note the warning there:
    "To prevent this problem from occurring, make sure the Search Companion is closed before you connect to your ISP."
    In any event, I thought you were running at least SP2. Just to make sure the Search Companion is correctly configured, you might also try the steps outlined in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307980

    Also, are you sure you haven't installed any other software that might have disabled the Search Companion? For example, if you were to you install Windows Desktop Search, that would disable the Search Companion. Office 2007 does that too, as may other software.

    If you've installed Windows Desktop Search, you can reinstate the Search Companion by going to Start|Run and entering:
    regsvr32 /u "%programfiles%Windows Desktop SearchwdsShell.dll"

    If you've installed Office 2007, you can reinstate the Search Companion by going to Start|Run and entering:
    RegEdit
    then search for:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows Desktop SearchDS
    When you've found this, double-click on 'ShowStartSearchBand' and set the value to '0'. Then exit Regedit.
    Do be careful when playing around with the registry - make a backup because one slipup could render your system history.

    As you can see, the solution very much depends on why the Search Companion isn't working. If none of the above applies, you'll need to give much more background detail.
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    Re: System File Checker

    What happens when you (try to) run Search (the Search Companion) from the Start menu, or, press Windowskey + F?

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    Re: System File Checker

    Are you talking about the canine that can be found under Windows Search preferences?
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    Re: System File Checker

    Leif,
    That is what I was thinking about, i.e. step 1. The OP hasn't told us if the Search Companion runs or what happens, only that the puppy is MIA.

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    Re: System File Checker

    Personally, I try not to think about that hideous puppy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System File Checker

    I agree, if anyone wants to start a kennel they can have my Rover. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System File Checker

    I certainly am, I want my little doggie back. What I see now is the old style search, installed by Windows Desktop Search when I installed KB 940157. I don't know why I downloaded that one.

    I've spent the last 24 hours trying to delete the KB article but it's not listed in Add/Remove or in my Uninstaller Pro 2008. I even checked Windows/$NTServicePackUninstall$ and it's not listed there either. Balarc Advisor has it listed as being installed.

    It's partly my fault because I removed WDSSetup.exe which belonged to Windows Desktop Search. I had also allowed WDSSHELL.DLL
    as WDS Combo Contol to be listed under Win Patrol's ActiveX files. That's what I get for allowing something I knew nothing about.

    I've downloaded but not installed Windows Desktop Search to installed and remove properly, but I'm not sure that that's the way to go. The only files on my computer was the KB940157.Log which I printed parts of that listed the other files that installed with WDS and KB940157.cat (both of which have been deleted.

    Please advise me about the re-install, I want my doggie back. I dislike the Search that's been installed and want it removed as soon as possible. Someone help me, please or my goose is cooked <img src=/S/cooked.gif border=0 alt=cooked width=50 height=46>

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    Re: System File Checker

    I've posted a full explanation of what's going on and what I've done that might have cause me to lose my Search Companion. I found the systemroot fix on the web and I'm desperate enough to try almost anything. No wonder it didn't work because I'm using SP2.

    I received no error messages so the fixes for that don't work either, My problem seems to be that I installed a KB article that was for Windows Desktop Search users, now I can't remove the KB article. I will try the links you've provided and hope they work, but I think perhaps installing WDS and removing it might solve the issue. Your opinion, please.

    No matter what happens, good or bad, I'll return and give an update.
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    Re: System File Checker

    I get the old time search, it looks awful and searches even worse. I've installed Agent Ransack to temporarily use until I get Rover back and Search Companion is working properly.

    Windowskey + F isn't working, I have to click the search button, which I refuse to use until my problems solved.
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    Re: System File Checker

    >> What I see now is the old style search, installed by Windows Desktop Search when I installed KB 940157...

    Having installed KB940157, I get the (new style?) window as below. Is that not what you get?
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