Windows search disappeared

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by eukaryot, May 21, 2009.

  1. eukaryot

    eukaryot New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I've installed Win7 recently, and couldn't help but play with settings and services.

    I can't remember precisely what I've done, but now the search is unavailable, i.e F3 won't work anymore, and the search field in folders have disappeared. I've looked for a windows search service, but couldn't find it... Any idea how to bring it back?

    When I press F3, I got this error message : there is no program installed to perform the requested action. Please install a program, or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.

    I found myself to be needing the search quite often, and it's really a nuisance... Please help!
     
  2. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Hello and welcome,

    I hope you created a restore [point before messing with Services.

    I would suggest you go back to a time before you made these changes.

    Also, you should document what you've done, it's then much easier to undo.
     
  3. FelixAkk

    FelixAkk Senior Member

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    Hi, I had the same problem, and thanks to you I got a clue what it's about. I'm pretty sure you did the same thing (I also couldn't resist fidling around with all those new thingies ;).

    Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off (on the left) -> Windows Search (at the bottom).

    That should fix it. I don't even use search all that often, but I find the Start Menu search in Win7 the biggest shell/interface improvement yet.
     
  4. ENZO

    ENZO New Member

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    in addition to that, make sure windows search is on in the services.
     

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