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Search Companion Error

Search Companion Error

(OP)
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

RE: Search Companion Error

By any chance did you or someone uninstall the search component to Win XP

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RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
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

RE: Search Companion Error

Try:
Start > Run > sfc /scannow

This will ask for the XP install disc.

Let us know your results!

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RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
And where is the Search Component?

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
Thanks.  I will give that a go when I get home.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
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

RE: Search Companion Error

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".

RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
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

RE: Search Companion Error

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     

RE: Search Companion Error

(OP)
Same thing happens in safe mode.  I will install adaware and spybot and see if they find anything.

Colleen Gayle Lane
Milton Public Library

RE: Search Companion Error

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.  
 

RE: Search Companion Error

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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