Windows Search in Win7-64 has stopped working. I am using Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus.
I am unable to start the Windows Search service. StartUp Type is set to Automatic (Delayed Start). I am not sure but I suspect this started after a recent Windows Update.
I would be so very grateful for help with this ... I'm losing hair rapidly !!!!!!!
- When I try to start the service, I get a message that says, "Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified."However, WindowsSearch.exe is indeed in C:\Windows\System32 folder.
- When I ran SFC on WindowsSearch.exe and on srvsvc.dll, no problems were reported.
- In fact, running SFC on the entire system returned no problems or errors.
- In Windows Features, Indexing Service is unchecked and Windows Search is checked
- In /Control Panel/Indexing Options, "Indexing is not running."
- When I run, "Troubleshoot search and indexing," I get the messages: "Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories" "Windows Search service not running"
- I could not find the Windows Search directories to change the permissions.
- In Taskbar and Start Menu properties, under Start Menu tab, under "Customize...," under "Search other files and libraries", "Search with public folders" is checked.
- Also, the box that says, "Search programs and Control Panel" is checked
- In Regedit, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search - In the right pane, SetupCompletedSuccessfully value is set to 0 (zero)
- Other settings there are: RebuildIndex (2) SystemIndexNormalization (1) UseLowPriorityConfig (1)
Thank you, Bill Wolcott