Search Facility does not finish

  Hetti 12:43 17 Mar 2008

When I try to run a search, it just keeps on going last one was running for two hours without a result, I had to close it.
I run win XP home

  lotvic 16:08 17 Mar 2008

mine's doing the same, I wonder if it's a m/soft update at fault?

I was thinking I would do a sfc /scannow and see if that cures it.

XP (pro) MCE

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:48 17 Mar 2008

According to Microsoft, this behavior can occur when you open the Edit File Type dialog box for the Drive or File Folder registered file types.

Open a command prompt and typing the following:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

press enter, close command prompt.


Microsoft acknowledges that this is a problem in Knowledge Base article #321379 and offers the following fix:

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
2. Locate and then click the Default value under the following keys in the registry if this problem occurs with folders:
If this problem occurs with drives:
3. Click Modify on the Edit menu.
4. Type none in the Value data box, and then click OK.
5. Quit Registry Editor.

  Hetti 18:42 17 Mar 2008

Just got back here, going to try your suggestion now.
I will report back asap

  Hetti 19:05 17 Mar 2008

WOW Fruitbat/\0/\
I dont think Im competant enough to start with this. but in my quest to rectify it I came across a Microsoft download called Windows desktop search so I got it and at the moment I can use the search facility through tiis software. I would ike to be back to normal, but I will stick to this for now.
Thanks for taking the time to help

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:25 17 Mar 2008

Open a command prompt
(Start - Run - Type cmd - press OK

A blackcommand prompt box will open

type the following:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

press enter, close command prompt.

  Hetti 12:30 18 Mar 2008

Thanks I did that and it seems to have done the job (fingers crossed)

Thanks again

  lotvic 21:16 19 Mar 2008

I've been away - just got back.

will do same on mine and post back with result after a good try out

many thanks

  lotvic 19:45 20 Mar 2008

happy to report it's fixed - am able to search properly now without it either 'hanging' or throwing up an 'Explorer.exe' runtime error (did a reboot after the regsvr32 /i shell32.dll fix and then no further prob)

thank you Fruit Bat /\0/\

  Hetti 15:14 04 Apr 2008

Regarding my problem above.....All was fine until today it started happening again. Tried the solution that worked last time but no luck.I have made no changes to my PC,so I wonder why this happened again?

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