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    Computer hangs on search (Home)

    My dad's computer with XP home (1.8 GHz 256 MB RAM) hangs when searching the hard disk. The search works but nothing can be done in the meantime.

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    Do you mean while useing the Start, Run, Search option? Can you give more detail.

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    Start, Run, Search then searching for anything at all with wildcards, filenames etc. It just hangs

    He tried turning off auto-indexing, still hung the computer, turned it back on - still hung the computer.

    Sorry I can't give you any more info

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    I found a few things on the Internet. Try #1, first and see what happens.
    #1. Do a system restore to an earlier point.
    #2.Start, Run , Type sfc /scannow { notice the space between sfc and / } and push OK.
    #3. turn off indexing services
    #4. Windows XP can sometimes corrupt it's search engine

    The fix goes like this:
    1. back up the directory c:windowssrchasst to somewhere safe (assuming c: is your boot disk and XP is installed to the windows directory)

    2. Run Service Pack 1 (if you can't download it, there is often a copy on the cover disk of many PC magazines)

    3. If the search function does not repair, then copy the directory from step 1 back and windows will complain that the files are pre service pack 1 and that you need to re run the service pack.

    4. if you were requsted to re run the SP then do

    5. if the search function is STILL not working, find a friend with a copy of windows XP (same version as you) installed and copy the srchasst directory over yours.

    6. re run service pack 1

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    One guy said his was caused by a Virus. Do you have Virus Protection?

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    Hi Melissa,
    Do you have SP-1 installed? Take a look at the search information here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm. Kelly usually has very good information on XP issues.

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    Melissa, How was the indexing turned off? Did he disable it by drive? Or did he disable the indexing service? You may want to make sure the service was disabled.

    Joe
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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    Melissa--

    You may need to run SFC to fix and replace IE files or try some of the other fixes offered, but go here, line 24 rt. column, "Clear Search History" and this may help eliminate the hang up on search.

    SMBP

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    The two parts of Kelly's website I think Joe is pointing to are these--but take a look under "S" of Joe's link for all the search fixes and contexts. I didn't see this last night, and the Search Freezes combined with (1) may be direct hits on fixing this problem. Thanks Joe.

    (1) Search - Doesn't Work

    Open Explorer and go to the WindowsInf folder. Locate the srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install. You'll need your XP CD or the files from the I386 folder. (This fix will require you to have your Win XP CD).

    The WindowsInf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders. You can also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%Inf to open directly to the Inf folder.
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    (2) Search - Freezes

    To disable the Indexing service: Go to Start/Administrative Tools/Services. Double click Services and find the Indexing Service. Double click/properties/Stop. From the Status Type Box, select Disabled.

    If it switches back at boot:

    Disable the Indexing Service (Line 42)
    Kelly's Tweaks

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    At the risk of being off track -- I should get used to it! -- one of the symptoms that SP-1 had messed up my XPP was search freezing. Sounded very much like this complaint. The tech support folks at MS sent me into the registry which enabled a quick fix but I can't recall the details.

    Bill

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    Re: Computer hangs on search (Home)

    If you call them with your case number or your name, they can retrieve it, email it to you and you can post it. I'd like to see the registry hack that fixes search freezing if you get it. You can use the same number I gave you last week.

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