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Posted on 2004-09-30
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For some reason now I cannot use Windows 2003's Search feature. When I click on the "Search" icon/program in the start menu nothing happens. Seems to have happened on some of our Win XP machines as well.
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12195810
This is the general search fix in XP
Might work in 2003


Go to My Computer | tools  | folder options  | view
check show all files

next open a dos prompt and cd to windows or winnt

cd windows
next type this:
attrib -s -h -r inf

Then open Explorer and go to Windows\Inf.  Locate the
srchasst.inf file.  Right click it and select Install.  
Also have your xp cd handy
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by:jingaling
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Did what you instructed and it still does not work (even restarted the system)..
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sunray_2003 earned 1050 total points
ID: 12195923
Hm.. even reinstalling that function didnot help

Try this
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/utils/SearchMenuFix.exe

If that doesnot help try this
Start --> Run  --> regsvr32 %systemroot%\srchasst\srchui.dll
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by:jingaling
ID: 12201189
When I try that SearchMenuFix.exe it says

Component 'MSCOMCTL.OCX' or one of its dependencies is not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid.

The registry fix did not work either.
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