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Windows search not working

My Windows 7 search is not working.  I added a folder I want to search to the index, and the Indexing Options says that indexing is complete.  However, in the particular folder I want to search, any search I do says "No items match your search."  It does not matter what I search for, it always says this.  If I go up one folder, I am able to perform a search that returns results.  However, I need to search in an indexed folder so that I can use the Search Ranking column to identify my results.

I need to either get my Windows 7 search working or find another way to search my computer for a specific set of files.  Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions you can offer.
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acl-puzzCommented:
Goto command prompt and type this command also put yous operating system DVD inside DVD drvie

sfc /scannow


it will take some time after it finishes simply reboot machine now try
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Hello acl-puzz:

This was the result:
C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
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acl-puzzCommented:
ok did you reboot and re-try searching?
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acl-puzzCommented:
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Yes, I did reboot and attempted the same search.  Still get the same no results.
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acl-puzzCommented:
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
That service is already found with Windows 7 when the Indexing Options is activated from the control panel.  I have run the search troubleshooter several times, it finds no problems.  I went ahead and used the link you provided and it gives the same result, no issues detected.
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
The link you provided is for Desktop Search 4.0.  There is no Windows 7 option for 4.0 because it is included with Windows 7.
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acl-puzzCommented:
ok in this case you  can use system restore i hope it was doing ok some time ago and yours system shold have an restoration point where it was working


http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/
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acl-puzzCommented:
also make sure that Windows search service and its dependency service which "remote procedure call"
is running and set to "Automatic"

goto run type services.msc and on right side see  "windows search"

try restarting this service
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
After using system restore, the folder was removed from the index.  I had to re-add and wait for the index to finish again.  After doing this, there is no change, the search still returns no results.  The Windows Search service is started automatically and has been running.  I restarted it, the RPC service runs as a higher user and is started, I cannot restart it.

After all of this, I continue to get no results when searching this particular folder.
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acl-puzzCommented:
" I continue to get no results when searching this particular folder."


when you try to find notepad.exe does windows search find it?
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Yes, the search only returns no results when searching in a particular folder.  I added this folder to the index.  When I perform any search in this folder, I get no results.  If I go up a level to the folder above this folder, I am able to search and get results.  However, I need to use the Search Ranking column that is only available when you perform a search in a indexed location, so searching a level up or even at the drive level will not work because the Search Ranking column is unavailable.  I will attach screenshots to show what I mean here to belay any confusion.
indexing-locations-includes-site.jpg
search-sites-parent-test-results.jpg
search-results-sites-test-no-res.jpg
file-contents-sites-folder.jpg
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acl-puzzCommented:
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Does that tool make windows search work?  As I mentioned, I need to access the Search Ranking, which is the whole reason I added the folder to the index.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think you are trying to search "Sites". Is that correct?  If so, what is the difference between Sites and any other folder? There would seem to be some difference (location, permissions, etc).

Look in Indexing Options -> Advanced -> File Types and make sure all the file types you need (most of them) are checked.

Then, in the Modify section, remove all the selections, restart your machine, open Outlook, re-add the selections you want and then rebuild the index (will take a while with nearly 90,000 items). I prefer to select an off-time and allow the index rebuild to proceed unhindered.

... Thinkpads_User
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Hello thinkpads_user:

Yes, exactly my  thoughts, but for the life of me I cannot determine what is different.  Sites exists in a secondary drive, so what I did was add this entire drive to the index.  When this finished, I was able to search the drive accordingly, but it would not return any results from the Sites folder (which is in the root of the drive).  The Sites permissions are inherited from the drive.

I will try your idea of removing the index locations then re-adding, but this will have to be done over the weekend, so I won't have an answer until Monday.  Thanks for your assistance.
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jcimarronCommented:
dageyra--Long shot.  Is this a "hidden" folder?  Check the attributes at the bottom of the window when you right click|Properties.
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Hello jcimarron:

No, it is not a hidden folder.
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dageyraAuthor Commented:
Searched worked perfectly
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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