Find files ignores My Computer

When I select 'My Computer' in the 'Look In' box of Find Files no files are found regardless of the name specified. I can enter any drive or combination of drives explicitly and it's OK. Why, and how can I fix it? All was well about a week ago. It is possible that it went wrong after instaling the Epson Photo 750 printer driver, but as I don't use 'My Computer' as a source every day I cannot be sure.
MickJohnsonAsked:
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dew_associatesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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dew_associatesCommented:
Mick, open regedit from the Start, Run and check this Registry key:
 
   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FindExtensions\ShellFind
 
This registry key should contain the following value and value data:
 
Value: Default
Value data: {61E218E0-65D3-101B-9F08-061CEAC3D50D}

Let me know what you find.
Dennis
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Asta CuCommented:
Good morning.

Do you think, Dennis, that it could also be a TweakUi type of thing where a drive or drives are hidden?  This intrigues me, based on a conversation we had recently on a friend's network setup.

Just curious.  I had one strange occurrence with FIND after upgrading my Epson Stylus Photo Ex with recent driver and ink monitor; it had to do with the ink monitor facility.  But didn't hide my entire computer; just acted sporatically.


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dew_associatesCommented:
It might be Asta, pursue it here!
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
I have checked the registry key as suggested by Dennis - it is exactly as he quoted.
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Asta CuCommented:
Actually, Dennis, believe it was you who pointed that out to me once when I had similar strangeness.  I don't, though, know enough about TweakUi; just brought it up in case it helps.  Seem to have lost access to mine in control panel, so can't check it out now without reinstalling.

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dew_associatesCommented:
Mick, two things.

First, if you delete this printer, does the problem go away?

Second, do you have Tweakui installed?
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
Dennis,

The fault does not go away if I delete the printer, nor if I deinstall the Epson Momitor whichseems to come with the 750.

I now have TweakUI installed - but am not familiar with its functionality.

Thanks for your interest in my problem!
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dew_associatesCommented:
Okay Mick, we're going to have to pick our way along here to find out what is going on. Open Tweakui and go to the drives section and make sure none of them are UNchecked.
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
Sorry about delay in replying - I have been away from my PC for a couple of days. All drives were checked - none were unchecked.
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dew_associatesCommented:
That's okay Mike. I sent an email to both MS and Epson regarding this, and with that received several issues. When you installed that printer, did you use their installation disk, or did you use the add printer in My Computer?
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
I used the Epson-supplied CD.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Mick, I really don't think your going to like the alternatives. The installer Epson uses is the same one for Windows 95, which has a compatibility problem with Windows 98. Although the actual drivers will work, the installer changes CLSID files in the Windows registry.

Now, there's three things that you can do, according to Epson.

1. If this is the only problem that has arisen, and its not that important, you can try and live with it, -OR-

2. You can format and reinstall the operating system and use the add printer routine to add the printer drivers only without the tool kit, -OR-

3. Attempt to reinstall Windows 98 overtop of the existing installation using setup switches within Windows 98.

How would you like to proceed?
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
You're right - I don't really like any of the alternatives! I guess I can live with it as it is, but I am not sure exactly what is involved in the second option. Can you summarise in a couple of sentences?

Many thanks for your interest and efforts, they are greatly appreciated.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Sure, not a problem.

When you use setup to reinstall over the existing installation using switches, it causes the program to:

A. Examine the registry and correct errors as against the original defaults.

B. It forces windows to examine Win.ini and System.ini in order to determine if there are any conflicts that would effect the performance of the OS.

C. It also causes windows to check for file corruption or outdated files. It won't effect your updates, but if a third party application was installed that changed files to older versions, it will correct it (most of the time anyway).
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MickJohnsonAuthor Commented:
Many thanks - I'll try living with the porblem for a while. After a few days I may try the reinstall option. I think you have done all I need for now.
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