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Leenie (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 14:31
Good afternoon.  Everytime I click on Start, Search I get the following error:

Search Companion
Unexpected error
Action could not be completed.

And that's it.  I click OK and it's gone and I can't search.  There not option to get more detail either so I hope someone here can help me out.  Windows XP SP2 with all updates.

Thanks very much.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

Live2Die (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 14:40
By any chance did you or someone uninstall the search component to Win XP

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Life is a mind game
Wanna Play?

Helpful Member!  Leenie (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 14:48
Nope, but where would I double check that?  I don't see Search as a component under the Add/Remove Windows Components.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

Xaqte (IS/IT--Management)
20 Jul 05 15:20
Try:
Start > Run > sfc /scannow

This will ask for the XP install disc.

Let us know your results!

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Leenie (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 15:24
And where is the Search Component?

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

Helpful Member!  linney (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 17:08
The search component is part of the general XP install, normally it is not accessible as an individual component to install or uninstall.  However there are some things you can look at.

Reinstall Search assistant
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windowsxp/articles/399/1/Reinstall-Search-assistant


Leenie (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 18:28
Thanks.  I will give that a go when I get home.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

Leenie (TechnicalUser)
20 Jul 05 19:03
Oops.  You know what.  I didn't quite word my question correctly at the beginning.  The search companion does come up.  I don't get the error until after I enter my filename and then click search.  Sorry.  Maybe reinstalling it will help anyway.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

linney (TechnicalUser)
21 Jul 05 0:00
This link (and its leads) will offer you a precis of general search problems and fixes.

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&threadm=%23jPquOcLCHA.2604%40tkmsftngp11&rnum=2&prev=/groups%3Fsourceid%3Dnavclient%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26q%3Dsearch%2Bnever%2Bfinishes%252Bwindows%252Bxp

The one with the srchasst.inf file may be worth a try.

Error Message: "A File That Is Required to Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found" (Q315330)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q315330


Try this link with a view to fixing your search engine.
http://www.dougknox.com/
Click on WIN XP FIXES on the left of the page and look for "Win XP Search Problems".
Leenie (TechnicalUser)
22 Jul 05 9:05
I reinstalled the search assistant which went fine and still after I enter a filename to search for and then click search I get the error message.  If it would just tell me what the error was that would be helpful.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

linney (TechnicalUser)
22 Jul 05 15:42
Try life in Safe Mode, if your Search functions there, perhaps some malware is causing the problem?

Removing adware & spyware
FAQ608-4650

Microsoft (GIANT Antispyware) Beta available
thread779-979113     
Leenie (TechnicalUser)
27 Jul 05 14:38
Same thing happens in safe mode.  I will install adaware and spybot and see if they find anything.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

linney (TechnicalUser)
27 Jul 05 16:27
You could have a look at your input languages to see if there is anything odd there?

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.  
On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.  
 
Leenie (TechnicalUser)
27 Jul 05 17:59
Found the problem.  This fixes it:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;816665

I think it was because I didn't have Search Results ticked to show on the desktop in TweakUI.

Thank you all for your help.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

PEMpal (IS/IT--Management)
28 Nov 05 9:59
I just re-formatted and installed WInXP on my laptop.  i was also getting the same error and teh fix was indeed in TweakUI.  As soon as I read your post, the light bulb lit up!  I had just UNticked Search Results a few hours prior! I have REticked and all is well again! Thanks!

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