Re: Missing Windows Search Option - DOS solution?

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Posted by Dave2 on July 09, 2012 at 14:06:59:

In Reply to: Re: Missing Windows Search Option - DOS solution? posted by SpywareDr on July 09, 2012 at 06:36:07:

Thanks for your informative reply. I already tried the sfc /scannow approach, but after a long wait while it scanned, the Search function still didn't work. The little dog just sat there blinking and wagging it's tail. The blue left panel was still there, but it was still blank (no search options). I tried right clicking the Start button and selecting Customize/Advanced, and then unslecting the Search option, closing it, then doing it all over again to re-select it. The Search option still didn't work.

Hoping to avoid the system restore approach, I'm about to try something else right now that I found on another forum.

Here I go.

I'm clicking Start/Run

I'm entering:

Now, with the DOS window opened, I'm changing to the Windows\Srchasst subdirectory (the search Assist folder) by entering:

cd C:\Windows\Srchasst

Now I'm in the that subdirectory.

Now I'm entering:

regsvr32 srchui.dll

(The regsvr32 utility is for registering and unregistering DLLs and ActiveX controls. I received back a message that it worked.)

Now I'm entering:

regsvr32 /i urlmon

(Again, I received back a message that it worked.)

Now I'm entering:

regsvr32 jscript

(That also worked.)

That's it. Now I'm closing the DOS window.

Now I'm clicking on the Start/Search option.

Voila! The Search option is working normally again. Hooray for DOS!

It's not easy to find these kinds of DOS solutions on the internet, but they are out there if you keep looking.

: Click Start > Run, type in:

: cmd

: and press [Enter].

: At the CMD prompt, type:

: sfc /scannow

: and press [Enter].

: (Note that you may be prompted you for your XP CD). When it's done, reboot and test.

: --

: If that fails, try using Windows' "System Restore" to roll Windows back to a previous state when the computer was functioning correctly:

: > System Restore > Windows XP

: --

: If that fails, try an XP repair:

: Boot the computer from your Windows XP CD.

: When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen press [Enter] to start the Windows Setup.

: Note: Do NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

: Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

: Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and then press [R] to start the repair. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

: Do not press any key to boot from CD if and when such a message appears. Setup will then continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

: --

: WinXP Non-destructive Total Rebuild

: How to perform a re-install of WinXP

: Repair XP

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