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    Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    When i click on Start, Search, my computer pauses for a few seconds then it returns me to the desktop and Search is not opening.???

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Does this tip from Kelly's Korner help?
    <hr>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.<hr>

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    I tried your suggestion and it didnt work.

    Also when i click on a link, for example, Kelly's Corner, the same thing happens. Computer pauses then nothing.

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    I am thinking that Internet Explorer is having some problems. Perhaps your search problem is related to something else that is wreaking havoc on your computer? If you copy the link to Kelly's Corner (http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm) that Hans provided and paste it into the browser address bar, can you access the site?

    Do you know if these problems coincide with any recent changes you have made? Software installations, Windows updates, driver updates, et cetera?

    There are a few first steps to take.
    <UL><LI>First, follow the steps in Microsoft's article 318378 on repairing Internet Explorer in Windows XP.
    <LI>Try running the System File Checker (Start - Run - SFC /scannow). Make sure you have your Windows CD handy.
    <LI>If that does nothing, then try booting with the Windows CD and performing a repair.[/list]Post back with your results!
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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Do you mind typing the link as text, i cannot click, LOL!

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    In addition to Mark's suggestions, I have to ask, have you run a virus scan recently and/or a spyware check?

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Here is the address as plain text. You can select it, copy it (Ctrl+C), then click in the address bar of your browser and paste (Ctrl+V):

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Hans has beat me to the punch! A trick for the future: depending on your browser the text may vary but you can also right-click on any link and select Copy Shortcut (Internet Explorer) or Copy Link Location (Mozilla browsers).

    For that matter, have you tried the recent versions of Mozilla? You may well never want to use Internet Explorer again (even though you will still need to repair it).
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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    I run the AVG, my virus checker, no viruses found.
    I run Ad-aware, nothing found.
    I re-installed IE per MS instruction.

    None of the above worked

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Did you run the System File Checker also? I still suggest downloading Mozilla Firebird and giving it a shot. By doing so, you will isolate whether it is an Internet Explorer problem.

    Have you run a repair by booting with the Windows XP CD-ROM? Boot with the Windows XP CD. At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER to continue, and press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement. If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you are prompted to repair it. Allow the process to complete.

    If these steps do not work, I think you may be best off performing an in-place upgrade of Windows XP. You will need to reinstall all patches and service packs, so this is a rather drastic measure - but it nearly always works.
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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    I just run sfc /scannow and it prompted me many many times to insert the CD Rom, while all this time, the CD is already in the drive.

    After that, I did not receive any message or anything and still did not fix the problem.

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    If you have run spyware utilities to root out malware lurking in the system and have performed a full virus scan with current definitions, this leaves you with the following avenues for troubleshooting (unless someone else has additional ideas):
    <UL><LI>Testing another browser
    <LI>Performing a repair installation by booting with the CD
    <LI>Performing an in-place upgrade[/list]I am certain that you will agree when I say 'I really <big>hate</big> elusive problems like this.' <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31>
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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Kittynut--

    You received the message if you ran it successfully but you have to know where to look for it. I never have considered Microsoft and their Windows developers the most intuitive logical company when it comes to menus and other utilities native to their operating system because they just plain aren't.

    In a lot of my old SFC posts I mention this annoyance that is sometimes intrinsic to SFC in XP and should have--I don't know why some people see it and some people never do. But if you put up with the annoyance--and it can drive you a little nuts but only temporarily fortunately--after 35 minutes tops you should get it run. SFC ID's damaged files including .dlls and it replaces them with intact files from a folder dllcache in the System 32 folder. If it does not find the acceptable file in acceptable shape on the hard drive, then it wants to pull them from that folder on the disk. Most of the time it is going to prompt you to put in the CD-Rom and soon you'll be yelling or talking or thinking of doing that to the computer "I have the $%&###@ CD-ROM in there--you got that?" or fighting words similar.

    You may get an annoying box that has a "retry button" and you will see a progress bar on your screen. If that happens, hit the retry button. Think of it as having to nudge it--sometimes several times in a row. The bar will move. Sometimes you hit retry and it'll go for a minute and you get up to get a cup of coffee and the bar has stopped and the retry box is back.

    Should you have to do this? No. But if you are patient or can perhaps commandeer/bribe someone to hit retry for you--a school age kid if they are around--it'll get run in the time I mentioned.

    You're not going to see any "Finished Box" on your desktop. But you can find proof you ran it successfully every time. Go to run>"eventvwr.msc" or Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Event Viewer" and look in System at the time you finished and you will see a message that you ran it successfully The KB below mentions Windows Datacenter Server but applies to XP.

    816838: Windows File Protection Logs an Event ID: 64021 When You Run the SFC Utility


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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    I was able to run SFC suggessfully and the following are the reported errors. I dont know what to do w/ these files or how to fix them.

    1. The system file c:windowssystem32driversel656ct5.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache.
    2. The system file c:windowssystem32driversel589nd5.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache.
    3. The system file c:windowssystem32driversel575nd5.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache.
    4. The system file c:windowssystem32dshowext.ax could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    5. The system file c:windowssystem32ditrace.exe could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    6. The system file c:windowssystem32ctwdm32.dll could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    7. The system file c:windowssystem32driversatinxsxx.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    8. The system file c:windowssystem32atidvai.dll could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    9. The system file c:windowssystem32ati3d2ag.dll could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    10. The system file c:windowssystem32driversati2mtag.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x0000000d [The data is invalid.].
    11. The system file c:windowssystem32drivers61883.sys could not be copied into the DLL cache. The specific error code is 0x800b0100 [No signature was present in the subject.].

    Where do I go from here?

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    Re: Search not functioning (XP SP1)

    Do you have Cryptographic Services running on the PC in question? Check it through Start - Run - services.msc. If it is not running, enable it and make sure the startup type is set to Automatic.

    Have you bothered with the repair installation as has been suggested several times? There are plenty of other suggestions in this thread and you have not indicated whether or not you have performed any of those steps outside of the System File Checker.
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