Search utility gone ...strange

Sort of a odd one here, at least it is the first time it has happened to me.  While in the Win2K desktop, with no other applications running I attempt to do a file search.  It doesn't matter what, I can't even get passed typing the first 2 letters of what I am looking for....voila...the entire desktop disappears briefly and refreshes to the original desktop, but without the search window.  It has closed down and exitted.  I have done all obvious tests such as virus, scandisk, regitry clean up (all by System Suite 4.0).  So I remain miffed as to how to fix this?  I would appreciate any help, and thanks ahead of time
BM
** Just as mdman describes the problem is getting worse now I can't type anything into the  Start > Run box, But my key board appears to be working ok so far.  Haven't spilled my beer on it yet!  But I do think that Chicko  has hit it pretty close, so I will check out the MS site for the latest updates etc.  I will get back to you guys with the verdict.
BM
The run cmd of sfc /scannnow will not function at all, a breif flash then nothing further.  
abmacrobieAsked:
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ChickoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In the search engine field any keyboard char should be able to be typed. To test mdan's suggestion, try pasting a text string into the search field. If it works then this could be a issue.

It sounds to me that CrazyOne has a point. What you are experiencing is explorer crashing. Explorer handles every function you described. By default it is set to restart after a crash. Thats why it all comes back, if you loose a few of your icons from the systray its quite likly that explorer has crashed (this isn't always the case).

If explorer crashes and then restarts 99.9% of the time the OS has logged a error code in the system or application event logs. To check this goto comp management or go Start>Run and type eventvwr.msc
This will show the log messages. If you can get this problem to occur whenever you like, check the error number and search on www.microsoft.com/technet for the error codes.

If it is a gay error, e.g. explorer crashed. Check to make sure you have all updates for 2k.

Hope this helps, Regards Chicko.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Have you tried this

Start > Run sfc /scannnow

you may have a corrupted system file and if you do then sfc will find and replace it.


The Crazy One
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mdanCommented:
I have had this type of behavior happen to me in my word processor. Got worse and worse. Then started affecting more stuff. Turned out one of the kids had spilled coffee in the keyboard...that was a nice keyboard. Anyway now the first thing that I do when such behavior happens is turn off my system and take the keyboard apart...so far I have managed to save a keyboard or two with this knowledge.
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abmacrobieAuthor Commented:
Thanks Chicko, after doing a GoBack (great program!) restore, to a previous stable state, I went to MS web site and downloaded the required and latest Service upgrade.  Everything seems to be running well...knock on wood.  Thanks
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CyckorCommented:
I tried run /scannow, but asks for System CD, which I don't have. The only thing I have is a compressed version of the Windows 2000 Advance Server system on the C drive.
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