Windows Search service won't start

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I have Windows 7 and I'm trying to start Windows Search in Services and I get the error, "The Windows Search service on Local Computer started and then stopped.  Some services stop automatically if they are not in use by other services or programs."

I've tried everything by looking at the registry such as making sure SetupCompletedSuccessfully is set to 0 which is was.  I don't believe it ever worked since I had this Windows 7 reinstalled.

Thanks in advance!
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check the event viewer, it should give you more details as to why the service failed
Try running FixIt to see if it can repair the Windows Desktop Search feature.

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Results from running FixIt:
WIndows Search is crashing or failing    NOT FIXED
Windows Search crashes or fails after it has started.  Additionally, an event ID 7042, 100, or 1000 is logged in the Windows event log, or the Windows Search service is not running.

Windows Search does not start and gives an error message   NOT FIXED
Windows Search does not show any search results and there is an error message on startup.  An Event ID 1006 or 3024 is logged in the Windows event log, or Windows Search service is not running.

Windows Search does not show any results     NOT FIXED
Windows Search does not show any results.  Additionally, an event ID 7040 is logged in the Windows event log, or Windows Search service is not running.
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Event Viewer:
Errors I am getting...
7034 The Windows Search service terminated unexpectedly.  It has done this 635 time(s).
7024 The Windows Search service terminated with service-specific error %%-2147217025.
7036 The Windows Search service entered the stopped state.
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In Windows 7, Programs and Features, Windows Features, do you have Indexing enabled? Make sure it is so that search can use the index. .... Thinkpads_User

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When I look in Services, it says Indexing Service has started.

When I bring up the 'Indexing Options" window, it states "Indexing is not running."
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Take a look at this Microsoft Answers post. There are some folder ownership changes so please go carefully.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-search-service-is-not-running-window-7/3d7858e1-c3d3-4149-9ec1-640f319c0137

You might also try running System File Checker to see if that corrects indexing. At an admin command prompt, run SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete. Re-run if errors remained. Restart and now see if indexing is running.

.... Thinkpads_User

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That is a great Microsoft Answers post.  Most of the suggestions I found in several different articles/blogs but this one is great since it has all of the different suggestions in one place.  One of the things I haven't done is run a repair.  

When I ran SFC/SCANNOW, it said that it found corrupt files and was unable to fix some of them.

So I'm going to upgrade from Windows Professional x64 to Win7 Ultimate 64 bit w/SP1 to see if that fixes any corrupt files.

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I believe my OS was corrupt so I had to reinstall the OS.  Thanks for everyone's input.
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Thank you. I know re-installing an OS is a pain, but I am glad that help you get the search working. .... Thinkpads_User

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