Windows 7 Start Menu Search Not Working – How to fix it?

Is the start menu search not working on your computer? The possible solutions to resolve the problems are described below. No doubt the technology is developing day by day, with the latest advancement in technology and with the improvements in ongoing technology, nowadays everything has become instant and every user from every domain wants quick results. Nowadays, everyone is busy with their work and need their work done within short interval of time. Whether it is searching something on the web or whether it is about searching some files or data on one’s own computer, everyone wants quick and appropriate results.

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To search the computer files and folders, Microsoft has introduced one of the best searching features with its Windows 7 operating system. Although the kind of functionality that it uses and the way that how it searches uses some of the best algorithms and returns the result in almost no time, but still some users have experienced some issue with this feature.

The search feature sometimes fails to display the item that is typed in the search box. Sometimes you search for an item or a file in the ‘Search programs and files’ search box of Start Menu in Windows 7, and you observe that it only returns the category headings, and not the actual item. For example, it will return the result and you will only see the headings such as ‘Programs’, ‘Control Panel’, and ‘Documents ‘etc. and when you click on them nothing happens.

The problem is somewhat creepy, so the Microsoft has realized the problem and had figured out a possible solution to fix the issue. Microsoft has released a quick Hot fix for this issue. It is the easiest and the more reliable solution for this problem and that is through the Hot fix provided by Microsoft.

Besides using the Hot fix from Microsoft, there are other solution which can also be used for fixing this issue. For this, you need to log-in as an administrator of the system. When you log-in as an administrator, go to the Run command prompt in the start Menu. After this, simply type regedit in the box shown and after typing hit the enter key. The registry entry of the system appears in the window, navigate to the following registry subkey

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\ {ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}

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Upon reaching this particular entry, simply select it and right click on this key. From the menu that appears, select the delete option and remove this entry. Once done with the deletion, you need to restart your PC for changes to take effect. But, before using this method make sure to keep a complete back up of all the registry entries of the system before editing it.

This method is little bit complex for the beginners. But, the advanced users can easily take up this method. The beginners can download the file Hot fix provided by Microsoft. Install it in your computer and this will rectify the issue in almost no time. The above-mentioned methods will resolve the problem and the search on the start menu will function properly.


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