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XP Search Function will not work!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tool319, Oct 24, 2004.

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  1. tool319

    tool319 Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2004
    The computer's default search function, Search Companion, is not functional!

    When I go from the Start Menu to Search, the window that pops up has the Search Companion side pannel, but it is totally blank (greyed out), with the exception of the title, Search Companion, and the "X" in the upper-right-hand corner.

    The fields are missing and everything.

    I can't for the life of me figure out what's going on!

    Please help!!!
  2. rude


    Mar 8, 2004
    Start/Run Type: regedit ok
    Navigate to:


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

    If that doesn't work try this:
    Log on as an Administrator
    Click Start
    Select Run
    Enter in the command - %systemroot%\inf
    Right-click the Srchasst.inf file
    Click Install
  3. MaFire


    Sep 13, 2004
    I have this same problem, there is no "NoFind" in the registry, and I did the Srchasst.inf install and put in my xp disc to install the files that are needed for the installation of it, and its still grayed out.
  4. tool319

    tool319 Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2004
    Thanks, rude, for the tips.

    I actually managed to find a useful article on Microsoft.com that I used to fix the problem.

    I was having problems with many of the window panes being greyed out, so I did a search and found a helpful article at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=831430

    I employed this technique, and immediately my problems were solved.

    Check it out if any of you have a similar problem. For me, the problem had spread to my e-mail, so this was a life-saver!

    Good luck and thanks.

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