If you will search for messages involving indexing and search
problems, you will find several in this forum and the installation
and general forums, and on Google. In response to my query about
missing Windows features and indexing, Andre Da Costa sent me to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936686/en-us
, which concludes,
"Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem . . . ." Some
messages suggest remedies like reinstalling the .txt files in
Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Search\Data\Applications, which I
have done without success.
What changed: I don't know. I was completing a complete reinstall
both of Windows and programs, which took several days. I noticed
these problems near the end of the process, but I have no idea if
a particular program triggered this, or which one.
I have searched the PC for malware and viruses with up-to-date
Norton 360 and Spy Sweeper, which report nothing apart from a few
tracking cookies, since deleted.
Hardware: I added a new SATA drive, but did not notice a problem
until a couple of days later. In the meantime, I installed many
I will run the malware and hardware utilities you suggest, but I
think I will have to revert to a backup I did earlier in the
process, and start installing programs again. But from what I
gather from the messages, the search and indexing problems do not
appear to be linked to program incompatibilities. I'll report
back after running the utilities.
Thanks for the advice,