Microsoft’s Fix It Blog has automated this WinVistaClub post dated 7th Oct 2008 on Windows Search not working, into a Fix it MSI package! It resets Windows Search settings to default. It is incidentally, the first MVP Fix It !
Here’s what the Fix It package does.
- Stops the Windows Search Service
- Configures the service to start= auto
- Sets HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0
- Starts the Windows Search Service
Go here to download the Fix it MSI package.
Windows Search not working
If on searching in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you get a message :
Search Failed to Initialize
Here are some troubleshooting steps to try :
Rebuild Search Index
To rebuild search index
, Open Control Panel > System & Maintenance > Indexing Options. In the Advanced Options, Click on Restore Defaults and also Rebuild Index. Click OK.
Next, type ‘service’ in your Start Menu Search Bar, and start Services. Scroll down to the ‘Windows Search Service’, and ensure that it is set on Automatic and Running. Restart this Service. You will also have to ensure that RPC (Remote Procedure Call) is running and set on automatic.
But if you find that your Indexing is not running , or that the Advanced Button is grayed out and /or you get a message:
Waiting to receive indexing status
Microsoft Windows Search Indexer Stopped Working And Was Closed
The the chances are that your following Registry key may have been corrupted :
Open Regedit and navigate to the above-mentioned key. In the right pane, double click on SetupCompletedSuccessfully. Ensure that the Value Data is 0 , that is, zero numeral. Click OK. Reboot.
Again, even if your Windows Search Service is set on Automatic, you are unable to Start the service; but instead you get the following error message :
Windows could not start the Windows Search on Local Computer
I suggest then that you see the Event Viewer to check for System Logs. To do so, simply just type even in the Windows start menu search bar and hit enter. On LHS side, click on System, to view the logs.
Note the Event ID and seek Event Log Online Help.
Boot from your Windows DVD > Select System Recovery Option > Select Repair Computer > Choose your installation of Windows > Select ‘Startup Repair’ > Follow the instructions.
If you cannot find files when you search a Windows computer even though the files exist on the computer, then KB932989, may be what you are looking for !
Windows Search service on local computer started and then stopped
If nothing works, then you might want to consider using an alternative Search software for Windows.
These links may also interest you:
- Search box does not display search results correctly in Windows 7
- Windows Search service on local computer started and then stopped
- Windows Start Menu Search Box not working in Windows 7
- Repair broken Windows Search in Windows 7 using Windows Search Troubleshooter.