Solved Get error after starting computer XP sp3 home edition

January 22, 2012 at 16:47:13
Specs: Windows XP sp3 home edition
Need to uninstall Windows desktop search can not find it?
All I could find was the icon in control panel with version info. But need to find the software to remove and then reinstall it again.

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#1
January 22, 2012 at 17:12:22
add/remove programs? how do you plan on reinstalling it?

larry


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#2
January 22, 2012 at 18:06:04
I know nothing about this but noticed that there are a lot of Google hits if you use the string "Uninstall Windows Desktop Search XP". This one looked interesting:
http://www.davidarno.org/2008/08/22...

By the way, the Derek on that page isn't me LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
January 24, 2012 at 20:20:46
✔ Best Answer
What has your Topic title

"Get error after starting computer XP sp3 home edition"

got to do with Windows Desktop Search ?
......

I had the same problem as you not long ago, on someone else's computer.

Windows Desktop Search had been installed but there was no entry in Control Panel -Classic View - Add or Remove Programs for it.

From my notes.....

"Apparently there are two versions of Windows Desktop Search.
- Version 3.1, a minor update to version 3.0 (version 3.0 doesn't seem to exist, at least not on the Microsoft web site ). KB917013 . XP SP2 (or later) required.

- version 4.0, KB940157 - XP SP2 or SP3 required.

Apparently, when you click on Windows Search or Windows Desktop Search in your All Programs list,
- version 3.1 shows Windows Desktop Search
- version 4.0 shows Windows Search "

BOTH versions are buggy !
I recommend you uninstall it if it's been installed !
searchindexer.exe is supposed to run only when you're not actively using the computer, but the problem is once it's running it NEVER stops running, and it slows down EVERYTHING in XP when it's running despite the fact that it doesn't seem to use much CPU time.

''Windows Desktop Search had been installed. It's searchindexer.exe file (service) was running in Task Manager (C:\Windows\System32\SearchIndexer.exe I think) and bogging down Windows XP like it usually does.
I Disabled that from running in Services - Windows Search.
However there was still
- Windows Search was in the All Programs list. When you click on it you see the Windows Search screen, but it says Windows Search is disabled. Clicking on About in the top bar shows thw Windows version, not the Windows Search version.
- C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search has files in it, the subfolder has files in it - no file is an obvious uninstall file.
- When you you choose Search in My Computer or Windows Explorer, Windows Search is there on the left, although you can select the default search at the bottom below that.

- no entry in Add Or Remove Programs for it (Windows Search or Windows Desktop Search) .

- there was an entry for Windows Searchqu Toolbar - I uninstalled that.
C:\Program Files\Windows Searchqu Toolbar has no files in it anymore.
However Searchqu Toolar is still listed to select in IE8. When you select it IE asks if you want to Disable it, but it's still listed after that.

- Folder Options - changed to show hidden files and folders and unchecked Hide protected operating system files.
- There is no C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB940157$ folder (normally hidden)."

NOTE - in my case version 4.0 had been installed.

If version 3.1 had been installed, you look for the C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB917013$ folder
....

Since I was seeing Windows Search, NOT Windows Desktop Search in the program itself, I knew version 4.0 had been installed.

I tried installing version 4.0 "overtop" of the existing installation but that did not help.
There was STILL

"- Windows Search was in the All Programs list.
-- no entry in Add Or Remove Programs for it (Windows Search or Windows Desktop Search) .
- There is no C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB940157$ folder (normally hidden)."

- there had been an icon in the Taskbar bottom right that looked like a magnifying glass for Windows Search. After I installed it again "overtop" there was, in addtion, a search box with the same icon to the left of the icons there.
........

The solution, for version 4.0 - you see Windows Search NOT Windows Desktop Search when you run the program -

At the same source Derek found:

"How to remove Windows (Desktop) Search revisited (version 4.0)
http://www.davidarno.org/2008/08/22...
"
If you DO NOT have the
C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB940157$
folder (normally hidden).
scroll down there to:

""3.If that also fails and you get a “The system cannot find the path specified.” error, then I have zipped up a copy that you can download from here.""

Download the file by clicking on the highlighted link in that.

It doesn't matter where you save the file to, but preferably that should be into an empty folder or one with not many files in it.

"I clicked on that - NtUninstallKB940157.zip - went to the \spuninst folder, clicked on spuninst.exe which had a plain icon.
A message suggested extracting all the files in the folder, so I clicked on Extract or similar.
A NtUninstallKB940157 folder appeared - I went to the \spuninst (sub) folder (in that folder), clicked on spuninst.exe which had an icon that was NOT a plain icon.

The un-install went fine. After Restarting, WDS appears to be gone.

C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search has no files in it anymore, the subfolder has no files in it either.

Windows Search is gone from the All Programs list. "
...........

If you have version 3.1 - you see Windows Desktop Search NOT Windows Search when you run the program - see


How to remove Windows Desktop Search (version 3.x))
http://www.davidarno.org/2007/10/26...


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#4
January 25, 2012 at 04:04:52
Oh, now I remember, it's that thing. I didn't stay long on my computer - great fast search but my XP hated it. Fortunately mine came out fine and I resorted to "classic search", which I like best of all. I just have to be patient when searching now.

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