Vista Search not working, options greyed out - how do I get it bac

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Petter, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Petter

    Petter Guest

    Office2007 and Vista search are not working any more on my machine. The
    indexing service is running, but the control panel search options just keep
    telling me it is waiting to receive indexing status, and all buttons are
    greyed out (but cance :)).

    Is there a way to perhaps reset the indexing options, delete any indexes
    that may be there and set it all up from scratch without reinstalling Vista
    (which otherwise works beautifully by the way).

    I suspect a low disk condition may be the cause of this error, but I no
    longer have such a condition on the machine.

    Thanks in advance!
    Petter, Jul 10, 2007
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  2. Petter

    Tim Smiley Guest

    I am having the same issue. Disk space is not a problem. Indexing is still
    runnig and functioning in both Outlook and Vista. I just cannot rebuild the
    index or change any of the options.
    Tim Smiley, Jul 11, 2007
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  3. Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 11, 2007
  4. Petter

    Petter Guest

    Thank you very much, Ronny, but unfortunately the problem is with image 1 on
    the page you suggested. I get a message saying "Waiting to receive indexing
    status..." and all buttons but close are greyed out.

    Clearly Windows is confused and some sort of manual reset + deleting of
    indexes seems in order, but how do I do that?

    Petter, Jul 11, 2007
  5. Petter

    Tim Smiley Guest

    The following action mentioned in the enclosed thred solved this issue for me:

    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."+vista&rnum=1#69cdfc94bba8be5f
    Tim Smiley, Jul 11, 2007
  6. Petter

    Still in the process of researching this problem. In the mean time, try

    Open Windows Explorer, right click the system drive (Usually C:) and click
    Properties. In the General Tab, make sure that "Index this drive for faster
    searching" is checked.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 11, 2007
  7. Petter

    Petter Guest

    This did the trick. Thank you so much, Tim for finding this fix. Seems to me
    MS needs to put a "panic button" or better still have a more graceful
    recovery from this problem.

    Petter, Jul 12, 2007
  8. Petter

    Donn Hatch Guest

    thanks for the tip; it worked. I even reinstalled vista and couldn't get it
    working. Many thanks!
    Donn Hatch, Mar 12, 2008
  9. Petter

    cornell2 Guest

    I've had this same problem too (for weeks and weeks)

    I've also tried the instructions in that link - apparently everythin
    on the net links to 'Index - Windows Search Service

    No luck (have tried it many times and many variations)

    I have Vista-Home edition. Service pack 1 - all updates applied

    The Indexing Options "box" is all grayed out. I cannot edit anything
    And again - the instructions in "How to Fix the Start Error for Window
    Search Service to Enable the Index in Vista" have all been done

    Anytime I search using explorer I get some message about turning o
    indexing (and when I click, it tells me indexing not available). An
    this causes even more havoc within Outlook contact list searche
    (apparently uses the same indexing


    Thanks ;

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    cornell2, Mar 31, 2008
  10. Petter

    Barrie Guest

    Ronnie, This is an old thread but I am hoping you can help me. I have a new
    reinstall of Vista Home Premium. Also a new reinstall of Office 2007. I can
    conduct a file search in Explorer but not in Outlook. When I go to Control
    Panel|Indexing Options it says Indexing not running and there is nothing in
    the box. All buttons below are greyed out.
    I looked at the tutuorial link you recommend but it is for a 64-bit version
    of Vista and does not track with my 32-bit version. Where do I go from here
    (chkdsk says all is well).
    Barrie, Mar 31, 2008
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