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Windows 7 Start Menu Search shows nothing….

I have been using Windows 7 a my primary machine since it was released and the absolute best most used feature is the Start Menu search.  I cannot live without it.  I use it for searching for files, as a replacement for the “Run” box in XP, and searching for applications in my Start Menu.  I probably use this over 150 times a day.  Very rarely do I scroll through my Start Menu looking for the application I need.  My work habits have me running many different small applications during the course of my day so having all these shortcuts on the taskbar or on my desktop is not productive.  I just hit the Windows key on my keyboard and type the first few letters of what I am looking for and Windows narrows the list down for me.  Quick, simple and easy. 

So when it just randomly stopped working one day not only was I annoyed it took me a lot longer to get anything done.  When I would search for the application I need or tried to run a command (regedit.exe or notepad for example) I would get just a list of categories and no results. 


After searching the Internets for a while I found a lot of people with the same problem.  Turns out Microsoft has issued a hotfix for this in KB article 977380.  You can install the hotfix or you can delete the registry key referenced in the KB article.  For some reason when I tried to request the hotfix I was only getting the option for the x86 version of Windows 7 and not the x64.  Since my workstation is x64 I just deleted the registry key and restarted. 

Now I can get back to being productive!

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  1. June 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Where this registry can be found? I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x86.

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