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Search for Files or Folders function does not work

by divanatrix / February 10, 2004 9:34 AM PST

I am running Windows XP Professional. When I click on Start/Search for Files or Folders, the Start button looks activated, but the Search window never shows up. I have rebooted/restarted my computer several times, but the same thing occurs. I wait forever, but still, nothing.

Any ideas?

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Re:Search for Files or Folders function does not work
by Tufenuf / February 10, 2004 10:43 AM PST
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Re:Search for Files or Folders function does not work
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2004 10:43 AM PST
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Search problem in XP
by tedgrant2 / June 19, 2010 7:33 AM PDT

I had a similar problem, even after changing the NoFind data in the registry, as suggested by other contributors, then I realised there may be more than one entry in the Registry, so I used the registry search function (which sill worked!) looking for any instances of the word NoFind and found another one that had it's data set to 1, so I changed it to 0 then rebooted and now I can search again. The reason it had disappeared in the first place was that I was experimenting with a free tweaking program, which I later uninstalled and lost track of it's origin. One of the options was to remove Search from the Start Menu, something I never use; I always use the Right-Click Context menu. What I didn't know at the time was that it removed BOTH, which I didn't discover until a few days later, by which time it was too late to undo the change. Hope this helps. Regards tedgrant2 (you can find me on Youtube).

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