Plz help windows search killing me :(

Intel / Awrdacpi
May 29, 2009 at 17:48:54
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.393 GHz / 767 MB
Specs Windows XP pro SP3 (latest hotfixes installed).. 2.3ghz, pentium4 proc.

Issue Windows Search will not search, nor will it index anything.. it just stays in the "waiting to receive indexing status..." mode.. when I right click on it and go into the options menu, the "modify" button is gray, and there are no "included locations" in the list to index. When I click the "advanced" button, everything inside the "file settings" and "index locations" sections are gray. Only the "restore defaults" button remains accessible.

What I've Tried:

-When I clicked "restore defaults" and reboot there is absolutely no change, the situation remains the same.
-I double checked the only hard drive I have to make sure the "include when indexing" checkbox is checked- and it is checked.
-I went to services dialog and verified the three following services were running and configured to start automatically: DCOM server process launcher, Remote Procedure Call, and Indexing Service... Only the Indexing service was not configured propperly... it was not running and was set to manual. I started it and configured it to start automatically. Rebooted. All three services are now running, however this still has had no affect on the problem.
-Next I went to the registry: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows Search:"setupcompletedsuccessfully" This key actually didnt exist at first... somewhere along the lines of trying to get this service to work, I must have clicked somthing (like maybe the "restore defaults" button, not sure) that created the key again... because the second time I went there to find the key it was present. The key was now created, however, it's value was set to zero.. Since that was the value supposedly used to force a rebuild of the entire windows search service I simply rebooted the computer. The value remained at zero and still the situation has not changed.

Among the many many articles I've read on the subject.. it seems that most problems were solved by putting the zero in the key's value... but some, in the case where folders had been deleted accidentally, were only resolved when the search index folders and files were recreated manually.. This always seemed to work for forum users as a last resort. I very much wanted to do this but ALL the instructions I could find on the net were for vista only... I am running xp... at first I thought there wouldnt be a big difference, but there is... In the beginning steps of rebuilding the search index, the vista instructions tell you to go to C:Program Data... well I dont think xp has that folder at all, because I've revealed hidden folders and even revealed system critical files and folders and still there is no "program data" file... so I thought maybe "program files" would work instead... only, there is no "microsoft" folder in the program files folder.

So I'm stuck. I want to rebuild the search index because it seems to solve the problem, but I dont know how to do it in xp... can anyone help?

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May 29, 2009 at 18:53:33
How often to you actually use Windows search? Most sites recommend disabling indexing. I tried it when I 1st read about it & there's a noticable performance boost when it's disabled. I've been doing it ever since, even on the system's I work on for other people. I never tell them & they never even notice it's gone. I also have system restore disabled on all my systems, but I leave it enabled on other people's computers.

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May 30, 2009 at 06:37:57
This page has alot of XP fixes
Some require the download of a VBS, or Regedits file.
So, read at the top of that page--
"To use the Regedits" or "To use the VBS files"

Then go to line 287, then click item in right hand column.
Maybe that fixes something ???

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May 31, 2009 at 01:21:30
jam, chuck 2, You guys are way cool- thanks for trying to help me with this... none of the solutions I found online worked... even got help from another "guru" to to avail... I was seeing in the threads that the windows search was a resuource hog.. but I thought that without it I wouldnt be able to search for files on my computer (new to xp)... thats why I wanted to get it working so bad. Then while working with this guy in a forum I learned that the "old" windows search function was still available.. Being the anal person I am, I still wanted my brand new os to work 100% so I threw in the towel and reformatted again this time with the intent of checking windows search functionality after each program install, in order to identify the culprit causing it to break... BUT GUESS WHAT lol- immediately after installing windows- I checked it and it didnt work!! lol I felt better knowing that it had nothing to do with what I was doing or what programs I was installing... so it was a time consuming lesson to learn but, for whatever reason, windows search just doesnt work on my system, out of the box. anyway thanks again for the attempt to help guys.

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May 31, 2009 at 01:23:37
one more thing- jam, why do you disable system restore? I thought that was a handy feature?

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May 31, 2009 at 05:27:19
thank for tips

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June 25, 2009 at 09:41:45
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June 26, 2009 at 03:42:48
one more thing- jam, why do you disable system restore? I thought that was a handy feature?

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