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    Search Programs and Files function via Start icon in Win 7

    For whatever reason, I have lost the function of being able to search for a program or a file in Win 7 via the "Start" icon in the lower left corner of the screen. No matter what I search I receive only the following message, "No items match your search." The search function seems to have just stopped operating. I am unable to connect this problem with any specific action taken in the past.

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    Would that specific action by chance include a "System Restore" ???

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    Welcome to the Lounge!!!

    Check to see that the Windows Search service is running - right click on "Computer", select "Manage", expand "Serivces and Applications", click on "Services", scroll down to "Windows Search".

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    I have not done any System Restores.

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    In the "Windows Search" the "Startup Type" was "Manual;" I changed it to "Automatic" but that still does not solve my problem of receiving the message "No items match your search" when attempting any search whatever.

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    Check the search indexer - Use Win + R enter: "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\System32\srchadmin.dll, hit enter. That should start search indexing option applet.

    You can use the "Modify" button to change which locations are included in the search index. You can use the "Advanced" button to force Windows to delete and rebuild the search index.

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    Joe;
    I appreciate your patience with me, but I am still not having success. Here's the result of "Run:" My first three attempts are invalid because of typing errors. When I finally typed in the run command correctly, there was still a problem as follows:



    Any further suggestions?

    Dale

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    Sorry, Joe. The screen snip didn't transmit. Will try again:

    The fourth attempt yielded the following message:
    RunDLL
    There was a problem starting C:Windows\System32\shell32.dll
    The specified module could not be found.

    Dale

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    Joe;

    A further thought. Does the "32" in "System32" in the command you sent refer to the operating system's configuration? I have a 64 bit system.

    Dale

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    That is the correct path for your system. Copy the complete next line

    "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\System32\srchadmin.dll

    and paste it into the run window.

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    Joe; Sorry for the interlude. I tried indexing (See object below).
    1. The "magnifying glass" near the upper left began to move in circular motion with the message that indexing
    was in progress. There was no other indication of activity.
    2. I left it in progress. After more than an hour the activity stopped but there was no other indication that the
    process was complete.
    3. I tried a search with the same unsuccessful result. I shut down and then tried a search again unsuccessfully.

    It's beginning to look like I will have live without the ability of search in Win 7. Thanks for your help.

    Dale


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    Joe; I see the object that I had copied and pasted failed to transmit. Sorry about that. It was the Indexing Options screen.
    Dale

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    Were the number of items indexed on the search index options ?

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    Again, thanks, Joe for your help. I have been away and have just returned to my unresloved problem. Here is a replication of the information in the Indexing Options screen.

    Indexing Options
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    0 Items indexed
    Indexing in Progress. Search results might not be complete during this time.

    Index these Options:

    Included Locations:___________________________Exclude****** ***********______________________________________
    Favorites
    Internet History (Dale+PC\Dale)
    Internet History (NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEMS) Program Data; Data; AppData; AppData……
    Local Disk (C
    Microsoft OneNote (Dale+PC\Dale)
    Microsoft Outlook (Dale+PC\Dale)
    Start Menu
    Windows Live Mail










    I previously couldn’t get a screen shot of the “Indexing Options” screen to transmit so I have typed a near replication of the screen content after running the command line:

    "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\System32\srchadmin.dll

    Note:

    1. The little magnifying glass icon in motion is opposite the “0 Items indexed” line. It just continues in motion for over an hour with apparently nothing happening.
    2. Each of the 8 lines of “Included Locations” is preceeded by the appropriate small icon.

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    What happens if you start the Indexing Options again and then click on the Troubleshooting link at the bottom?

    Joe

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