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  1. Reece4183

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    Hello to everybody.

    XP home user.
    My "Search" fonction does not start. I used it without problems for months but when asked I get now only the first window with the dog and nothing else.
    When I click ctrl + Alt + Suppr I get: "Search not responding".
    I tried to set the system to several previous restore points: No result!!!

    Thank you for any help.

    Reece
     
  2. rude

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    Start/Run Type: regedit ok
    Navigate to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoFind

    If "NoFind" has the value "01 00 00 00" change it to "00 00 00 00"
    Restart
    Hope this works for you.
     
  3. Reece4183

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    Hello,

    Thank you again, I went to "Not fond as you mentioned and I got:
    Not find REG_DWORD 0x00000000(0)

    Sorry but I am stuck

    any other idea?

    Merci

    reece
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Try going to the Windows\Inf folder and finding srchasst.inf (or similar--I am not on an XP machine right now). Right-click it and choose "Install".
     
  5. Reece4183

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    Thank you Elvandil.

    I did what you recommand , got 2 files under srchasst: CHARS and MUI plus 1 lex file called NLS302N.lex and 3 dll: srchctls, msgren and srchui

    when I click (Right) on any of them I do not get any "Install" ??

    Any other idea?

    reece
     
  6. Elvandil

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    You will need to show hidden files in Control Panel, Folder Options, View tab.

    I doubt if XP's search function will find that file. You will need to open Windows (or Winnt) and look for the Inf folder.
     
  7. Reece4183

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    Thanks again,
    I went to the folder option, view tab. I did not see which box to click or what to do, dorry,

    reece
     
  8. mike5532g

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    In folder options>view tab>under advanced settings, look for hidden files and folders and select show hidden files and folders. You may also need to uncheck hide extensions for known file types and click ok.

    Start, run and type in the open box inf and click ok. As per Elvandil's instructions, find srchasst.inf, right click it and select install.
     
  9. Reece4183

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    Hello and thank you again,

    I followed your instructions but I got a new problem (Sorry)
    When I got to installed, I am asked to use 'msgr3en.dll' and get it on my "service pack.
    I looked for all the CD I have from DELL and did not find this pack.
    So I went to Internet and loaded the dll, I typed the right path BUT
    When tried again I got: Cannot copy Srchctls.dll
    I check, the dll I copied is called msgr3en and not Srchctls I feel silly and useless...

    Reece
     
  10. Elvandil

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    If you want a searcher until we fix this, try Agent Ransack. It is actually a faster and better searcher than the Windows one and you may prefer it. I know I do. Registration is optional--it is completely free.

    http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/Page.aspx?page=download

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    When you reinstall the Search Assistant, it will need files from your XP installation. At least one of your CD's may have the installation on it and you can direct the installer to that when needing files. If they are on your CD, they will be compacted and have names such as: Srchctls.dl_ (with the last character an underscore).
     
  11. Reece4183

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    Thank you very much for your help, I will unload Agent randsack and try later to fix the "Search companion".
    Once again Thank you

    Reece
     
  12. justfoo

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    Just wanted to note and say thank you, this seems like an excellent program and not nearly such a pain in the kiester as the Win Xp search assistant!
    Thanks again. (y)
     
  13. Elvandil

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    You're welcome. I got tired of fixing the Search Assistant and constantly doing registry edits to expand its capabilities. AR is definitely faster and searches more thoroughly. If you have a number of searches to do, keep it open. The original search is cached and subsequent searches are lightning fast.
     
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