Resolving Microsoft® Windows® 7 Search Issues
What are the causes due to which search in Windows 7 is not working?
Search option is the best and fastest way to find a file or folder in a computer using the particular option in Windows, rather than finding the files manually. There are different methods to search in Windows 7 by which you can find the files and folders. Search can be done from the search window in the start menu or from the search box in the folder or the library. Most common locations are indexed in the Windows Search indexer and Search can be expanded to more locations by adding index locations. As you start typing the search content, items which match the text which we have entered will be displayed, irrespective of the file type. There might be several causes due to which a search in Windows 7 does not work. It might be due to a Windows update which was not installed or some setting that got altered which was set by default. It can also happen, if the Windows service for search is disabled or has stopped working.
Here are some issues with Windows 7 search and tips to resolve them:
- Search box missing
- Problem with Windows search indexing
- Search shows fewer results
Search box missing
While trying to search for a file from start menu or from explorer menu, you might have noticed that the search box is not displayed or no longer there in its default position. This can happen if the search feature in disabled in Windows 7 and needs to be enabled. You can enable this feature by going to turn Windows features on or off hyper link in programs and features and ensure whether the Windows search is checked. A restart is required after performing this step.
Problem with Windows search indexing
When you are trying to search with custom index location selected, and if the index location path name is longer than 128 characters, you might have difficulty in searching for files. You can either move the index to another location for which the path name is less than 128 characters. If that does not work, reset the index from control panel by using the restore defaults for indexing option.
If the problem is in locating specific files, folders, or any other file types, then try to run the search and indexing troubleshooter released by Microsoft to fix this issue. It will ensure that Windows search service is enabled and running. Also it will check whether user has the permission to search all locations on the computer.
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