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How to Fix the Start Error For Windows Search Service to Enable the Index in Vista
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If the Indexing Options are grayed out and you cannot get the Windows Search service to start, then this will show you how fix the problem to get the search Index running again.
How to Fix the Start Error for Windows Search Service to Enable the Index in Vista

information   Information
The Indexing Options are grayed out and you cannot get the Windows Search service to start. Follow the steps one by one, and at the end the index should be running again.
Note   Note
If the steps below do not help you, then you will need to do either a System Restore to a restore point date before this problem, a Repair install, or Clean install to fix this problem. See the related links below for how to do these.

EXAMPLE: Error Message
Service_Error.jpg
EXAMPLE: Index Options grayed out
Index_Greyed_Out.jpg




STEP ONE
Set Windows Search Service

1. Leave Windows Search service set to only Automatic. (See screenshot below step 3)​
2. Close Services.​
3. Proceed to STEP TWO below.​
Service.jpg






STEP TWO
Reset the Index in the Registry




Option One
Using a REG File Download
1. Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Reset_Index.reg
download

2. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
3. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
4. Click on the Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.​
5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
7. Proceed to STEP THREE below.​




Option Two
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue.​
3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5)​

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search
4. In the right pane, right click on SetupCompletedSuccessfully and click on Modify.​
NOTE: If SetupCompletedSuccessfully is not there, then in the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32 bit) Value. Type SetupCompletedSuccessfully and press Enter.​
Regedit.jpg

5. Type 0 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is the number zero.
Modify.jpg

6. Close Regedit​
7. Proceed to STEP THREE below.​





STEP THREE
Repair the Config Folder

1. Open Folder Options.​
A) Click on the View tab.​
B) Check Show hidden files and folders.​
C) Click on OK to apply and close folder options.​

2. Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data (See screenshots below)​
NOTE: You may notice that one or more of these folders (Applications, Config, Temp) may be missing from your window.
Data_Folder.jpg
Config_Folder.jpg

3. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot above)​
NOTE: If the Applications folder is not missing, then continue to step 3F after deleting only it's contents except for the Windows folder in it.
A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
B) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​
C) Type Applications and press Enter.​
D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
E) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​
F) Open the Applications folder. If the Windows folder is missing, then click on New and Folder.​
NOTE: If the Windows folder is not missing, then continue to step 4 after deleting only it's contents.​
G) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
H) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​
I) Type Windows and press Enter.​
J) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
K) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​

4. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Config folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot below step 2)​
NOTE: If the Config folder is not missing, then continue to step 5 after deleting only it's contents.
A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
B) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​
C) Type Config and press Enter.​
D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
E) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​

5. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Temp folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot below step 2)​
NOTE: If the Temp folder is not missing, then continue to step 6 after deleting only it's contents.
A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
B) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​
C) Type Temp and press Enter.​
D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt.​
E) Click Continue for UAC prompt.​

6. Close all windows.​
7. Restart the computer.​
8. If this still will not work for you afterwards, then you can try a repair install instead.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

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I don't have a problem with windows search, however even with admin account there are a few files greyed out which i need to uncheck but i cannot do it - i have full control of them but still unable to do anything. I have tried resetting the indexing but no different - any advice will be much appreciated, thanks :)
 
Hi Tyler, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

What are the names of the ones that you cannot uncheck?

Shawn
 
well after clicking all locations - C:\Users\*****\AppData\Local

And It is The hole Local folder i want unchecked but all of AppData is greyed out - I have recently uograded to vista 64bit - i did not have this problem on Vista Enterprise 32 bit, im completely stumped.
 
Ok Tyler,

I noticed that these are all hidden files that are grayed out. I experienced the same thing you did when I tested this, but if you uncheck C:\Users, it will uncheck the grayed out C:\Users\*****\AppData\Local one to. You will just have to check the ones you want again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Where to start...
Great tutorial, but I can't even get past step 1.
I search for "services" and it finds it, I click it and nothing happens. I have also tried clicking Enter.

So I tried anyway, skipped that step and went ahead. Sure enough everything works a charm until I get to the part where I am to put the .txts into the Config folder (which by the way already has the two .txts there, same size as the ones I am supposed to put there and everything). But when I try to overwrite them it says I can't since they are currently in use.
Surely because I skipped step 1.

Hell, I'm not even sure this is the error I am having, but it's related to the Windows Search Indexer. The error message doesn't look like the one you showed, but that could be because I am running a swedish version of Vista.
I get the error when I move or delete a file, etc.

I'll just post the error-information if that's of any help, despite being in swedish.

Problemhändelsens namn: APPCRASH
Programnamn: SearchIndexer.exe
Programversion: 6.0.6001.18000
Programtidsstämpel: 47919483
Namn på felmodul: ntdll.dll
Modulens version: 6.0.6001.18000
Tidsstämpel för felmodul: 4791a7a6
Undantagskod: c0000005
Undantagsförskjutning: 000659c3
OS-version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.768.3
Språkvariant-ID: 1053

I run 32bit Swedish Home Premium Vista.
 
Alright, I booted in minimal safe mode, went to the folder you specificed for 32bit, copied the two .txts you specified and tried to overwrite the ones in the Config folder, and Windows still tells me they are being used "in another program" or whatever, and thus can't be replaced.
I don't think I'm doing anything wrong, either. I chose to boot in safemode through going into the msconfig and selecting boot-type, so to speak. Safe Mode and minimal.
And when I reboot the PC it says I am in safe mode, resolution's smaller, etc etc.

I am starting to consider a full-on reinstall of Vista, but it's such a pain whatwith all the drivers and programs to reinstall.
 
Right, I'd have to uninstall SP1 and all. I'm not sure what's the best, guess I could use a clean reinstall to start anew anyway.

Probably a dumb question, but would the errors disappear if I just disabled search indexing? Since this whole search indexing thing is only related to searching and I never use the search feature, I would be more or less unaffected if I disabled the indexing, correct? Because as it is now, removing or moving any file, no matter how small, takes several seconds and brings up the transfer window telling you time left and so on.
Basically I don't care about searching for files. Would completely disabling search indexing stop the errors from coming?
And if yes, I'd really appreciate help on how I should go about doing that. Thanks for your help so far.
 
Yeah well I managed to disable the search indexer.
At first I disabled it for C: only, but that didn't help, so I googled another tutorial which told me to write services.msc in the searchbar, as opposed to only services (which I had tried writing oh so many times, but to no avail). When I added .msc I finally got into the service-manager, or whatever it's called. From here I disabled search indexing, but when I continued on the next step of the guide (going to control panel->indexing options) I got stumped again, since everything was greyed out in indexing options. But no matter. I'll just keep it disabled as it is now.

Anyway, thanks for trying, Brink. I really appreciate it.
 
, but when i try to start windows search in the services i get this error:

Windows could not start the windows search service on local computer. Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified.

I have copied the files you have said and tried to do it manually
It did the trick for me,
what to say,
MAAAANY THANKS:D!!!!!
 
I kept on getting this error over and over, but fixed (resintalled) it with your help. Thanks!

Faulting application SearchIndexer.exe, version 7.0.6001.16503, time stamp 0x483b99af, faulting module TQUERY.DLL, version 7.0.6001.16503, time stamp 0x483b9a35, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00034001, process id 0xd3c, application start time 0x01c8f176d47869b5.
 
thank you all for the help topics regarding this problem. Unfortunately I have followed every step of the way and I still see the grey buttons.

I still recieve the message when I try to start the service -2147218141. Is there anything else I can do ?

all microsoft services are running and security software ie. antivirus is disabled.
 
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