Search causes Vista to stop responding

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Jeno, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Jeno

    Jeno Guest


    I have a problem with my Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit installation on
    a computer with ASUS A8V deluxe mobo, AMD X2 4200+ CPU, 2 GB Corsair
    ram, Geforce6200 Gfx card, 3 IDE HD's, a Plextor DVD-RW and a RME
    Fireface 800 audiointerface.

    After installing everything successfully I installed AVG antivirus,
    and this caused a serious crash, and I had to spend an afternoon
    getting the machine running again.

    Now everything is fine except when I type something in a searchfield
    the computer stalls after 2 or 3 letters. I can still select other
    applications, but as soon as I press anything in that application
    (f.ex. click on a link in Internet Explorer or try to start a new
    application from the start menu) it goes down too. I cannot acces the
    "Task Manager" and after a while there's nothing else to do than
    hitting the reboot button :-(

    When I access the "Index Options" in Control Panel it says "Waiting to
    receive indexing status..." and nothing happens (I even tried to let
    it run for 10 hours). The "Modify" and "Advanced" buttons are greyed
    out, so I can't access anything. I have unticked the "Index this drive
    for faster searching" option for 2 of the 4 logical drives (I didn't
    want to move them on the Vista system drive and the Win XP drive - I
    run a dual boot machine) but it didn't change anything.

    It seems to me that the indexing service was broken when the computer
    crashed. Does anyone have an idea of how I can get this working again?
    Jeno, Feb 15, 2007
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  2. Jeno

    Jeno Guest

    Now it says "Indexing is not runnig" when I open the "indexing
    options". The service status for "Windows Search" is "starting". It is
    set to automatic.

    Anyone knows how I can get my searchfunction back?
    Jeno, Feb 16, 2007
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  3. If you are comfortable modifying the registry you can set the value of the
    key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    Search\SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0 and then reboot. This will delete
    everything the indexer has currently indexed and start again.

    However, given that you are having problems with clicking on links and
    opening Start Menu apps it may that something more fundamental than search
    had got currupted on your machine. Worth a try though ...

    Dave Wood
    Dave Wood [MS], Feb 20, 2007
  4. Jeno

    Jeno Guest

    I gave up and reinstalled everything, and now it works again. Had a
    wierd crash yesterday though.... Booted the machine, logged in and as
    soon as everything was loaded, the machine stopped responding. I
    couldn't get in contact with anything, so I had to hit the reset
    button. It didn't do any harm, but it seems that Vista is not 100%
    stabile yet. This kind of behavior never happened on XP - even on XP
    Jeno, Feb 23, 2007
  5. Jeno

    smb Guest

    I am not having as serious of problems that you are.......I think. However I
    have been trying to figure out why my CPU will not go below 50% usage, with
    the only service running is the SearchIndexer.exe. I have gone to the
    Indexing Options in control panel, and it says "Waiting to receive indexing
    status..." and nothing happens. The "Modify" and "Advanced" buttons are
    greyed out, so I can't access anything.

    Are these problems related? Frustrating to see the CPU at 50% usage with no
    applications running....Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
    smb, Feb 25, 2007
  6. Jeno

    Jeno Guest

    Oh, thats right. I had that CPU taxing problem too. Seems like you
    have the same thing going on as I did. Sorry I can't give you the
    solution. I got tired of dealing with the problem and spent a day
    reinstalling everything instead. Not the elegant solution, but it
    worked :)

    Have you tried following Dave's suggestion?
    Jeno, Feb 25, 2007
  7. Jeno

    smb Guest

    Dave's suggestion of resetting the search indexer by setting the registry
    worked!! My search indexing never worked since day one. It's actually
    pretty good. Now my CPU is running at a low percentage when the computer's
    virtually idle, which is what it should do. Thank you Dave!
    smb, Mar 1, 2007
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