Windows Search service on local computer started and then stopped

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  1. So far this was the most helpful of them all!! After 3 agonizing months of looking for a solution! Thank you

  2. Robin

    I can’t delete these *.bmf and *.regtrans-ms files in the /TxR folder – apparently “because the file is open in System”. Any suggestions?

  3. Chris

    Did you get a resolution to this I am also stuck

  4. Michael Boyd

    What do I delete on the RegEdit?

  5. Kiff

    I am also stuck here. I also tried to export the missing registry entries from a known working computer but received a similar error. This cannot be edited because the system is using this portion of registry

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