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Win XP Search Problem

I run Win XP SP1 & Office XP SP2. When I use Search in Windows Explorer to find files, folders or text, a dialog box opens telling me to insert my Office XP CD. Can any of you geniusses out there tell me what is going on and what I can do about it? If I click 'cancel' a million times, the dialog box eventually goes away allowing the search to continue normally, but why do I suddenly have to go to these lengths to do something simple like a search.

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Re: Win XP Search Problem

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1. So, what happens if you insert the Office XP CD and let it go further ?

2. Try to disable the Indexing Service. Click Start, Run type services.msc and press Enter. Scroll down until Indexing Service and if it's started click Stop.

3. Another approach is if you have windows XP Pro. In this case, use the instructions from the following MSKB article:

Q308202 - "HOW TO: Create and Configure a Catalog for Indexing"


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Win XP Search Problem

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Cetin, thanks very much for your interest in my problem. If I go ahead and insert the Office XP CD, nothing that I do will get it to admit that the CD is in the drive....very strange. I am puzzled as to why it should want to involve Office in any case!! I have disabled the Indexing service again...I did it the other day as it was my first brainwave on the problem, but it makes not the slightest difference. I will try your other suggestion tomorrow when my blood pressure subsides. Thanks again. I'll let you know what happens.
John

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Re: Win XP Search Problem

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y'all....


1. Is the registry address correct, [Search Companion Error When You Search for Files and Folders (Q816665)]?

2. Have you performed any of the odd functions described in "Search Companion Starts If You Double-Click a Folder (Q321186)?"

3. If you change the options described in "HOW TO: Disable Automatic Search for Network Printers and Folders in Windows XP (Q320138)", is Search operational afterwards?

4. "HOW TO: Configure the Search Companion in Windows XP (Q307980)."

Bill Gaston

Pardon ma ACKsent, ah'm frum Austin, Tex_As, USA

....its been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.
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Re: Win XP Search Problem

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Hi Bill. Thanks for your interest in my problem. I have just finished going through your list of suggestions. Unfortunately, everything seems either as it should be, or else no modifications make a jot of difference. If I knew when this problem started, I would do a system restore to hopefully correct it, but, as I don't use 'Search' very often, I have no idea when it started. If you have any further brainwaves, I'd love to hear them.
Cheers, John

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Thanks for this extraordinary link. I am just off to buy enough beer to give me the huge amount of Dutch courage necessary to embark on such a major undertaking. Might take a while, but I'll let you know what happened.
John

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NT - Requires more than one ''Big Orange'' yes.

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Reinstall Search Companion ...

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At this point let's try to reinstall Search Companion.

Log on using an administrator account. Click Start, Run, type %systemroot%\inf and press Enter. Scroll down until Srchasst.inf file. Right click Srchasst.inf ,select Install.

NOTE

The procedure needs Windows XP CD kit.


Good Luck,


Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Reinstall Search Companion ...

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Hi Cetin. I've already done that, without it making a jot of difference, but thanks for the suggestion anyway.
John

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Delete Search cache ?

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Before trying the below procedure, create a Restore Point.

Launch regedit (click Start, Run type regedit and press Enter). Expand the following path

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru

You'll see some numeric subfolders under ACMru. Example 5603, 5604, 5647

Right click each numeric subfolder, select Delete. Exit regedit. Logoff and Logon.


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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