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Windows 7 search box not accepting commands

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My Windows 7 search no longer accepts commands.  I used to be able type appwiz.cpl, cmd, iexplore, etc and the command would run.  Now this box will only search. Anyone come across this before and been able to find a solution?
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by:johnb6767
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Check this key in the registry....

Apps that are not in the path (iexplore.exe) have an entry here to specify where it can be run from.....

Example....

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE
Has a "Default" and a "Path" value......

See if this key is empty.... Or if you have lost READ permissions to it....

Otherwise, things like .CPL files should be in the PATH, so shouldn't need an entry here.....
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And if you type iexplore.exe, does it appear at the top?
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by:bfowler3
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Checked registry permissions and I have read access.  I can hit Windows + R to bring up the run box and everything works fine from there.  It just doesn't appear that run commands are a part of the search box anymore.  
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I had a similar problem where I couldn't run %variables% from the search box, and this resolved it if not mistaken.....

Windows 7 search doesn't work
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/windows-7-search-doesnt-work/c5e258e4-323a-40f2-b893-5c25b8dace0c



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