Start/search/cmd does nothing in Windows 7

September 27, 2012 at 14:10:35
Specs: Windows 7
I've been running into a few computers lately, both Windows Vista, and Windows 7, Where the Search box In the start menu won't execute common commands, Such as "cmd". When the boxes were origionally setup, you could execute any command that could be recognized in a run box from the search bar. Common ones that I typically execute in this bar are: cmd, mstsc, services.msc, regedit, msconfig, notepad, and probably a dozen others.

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September 27, 2012 at 14:26:08
To run a command or launch an application, it's more usual to click Start >> Run

Search is intended primarily to search for a file, but i use a miles better third-party tool for that.

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September 27, 2012 at 14:29:28
phill22 - Not very much so in Windows Vista/7.

See if this helps:

1. End Task on EXPLORER.EXE from Task Manager.

2. Start the Registry Editor

3. Look for the following key:


4. Rename the key so it looks like the following:


5. From Task Manager click on File | New Task (Run) and type EXPLORER.EXE and hit return.

6. Now try your search from the Start Menu again.

Hope this helps.

Google is your friend


Have a GREAT day!

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September 28, 2012 at 09:41:09
Will try the reg fix and report back---Thanks!

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September 28, 2012 at 12:07:30
I'm like phil22 I use the "run" command to excute applications. Honestly, it would never have occured to me to try running one from the Search command. Just goes to show, you can learn something new every day!

However, rather than mouse, I just hit Windows Key + R to open the "Run" window and then type "cmd" in it (or whatever else). This is both a fast and efficient way to access all the aforementioned applications...and any other that can be opened from the command line.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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