Windows 8.1 Windows Search/Indexing will not start
Posted on 2013-10-30
After upgrading last week from Windows 8.0 (which I liked very much) to Windows 8.1, Windows Search Service (and Indexing) will not start. In the Computer Management window, after trying to manually restart Windows Search, the Error message displayed is:
"Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified."
This same Windows Search failure has appeared on another PC which I also upgraded to Windows 8.1 from 8.0 about the same time.
MS Level 2 tech support have reinstalled 8.1 on both machines but so far cannot resolve the issue.