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Search Function Won't Work in XP


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Hullo all,
I had a bit of spare time so I gave my baby a full Microsoft update.
It even updated some SP1 files !!

Well now I cannot right-click to do a search of folders etc.
I put the 'Search' icon back in the toolbar but it is inert.

I used to oftenly click ''Start'' -- > " Documents" to have a look at recent pics or jokes that've been downloaded. This had also disappeared.

I'm hoping there's a quick and easy 'fix' for this as it's very annoying though not life threatening.

Thanks for any help,
M.

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Hello Learnastic,

What OS do you have?
You say you recently updated your computer to SP1?
What Protection software do you use?

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G'day,
I have XP SP2 and have had for 18 months.
I noticed as the 'upgrades' were installing, that it also upgraded the SP1. Most puzzleous.
I have up to date NOD32 ant virus and constantly run AVGAS and did a SpyBot a few days ago in "SAfE' mode.

Thanks for looking. I entered a HJT last month and has not received a response.

Cheers,
M.

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Have you tried posting in the waiting room?
You can find it here.

This problem -could- be malware related.

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Olrik
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G'day Olrik,
I only posted the HJT last month because there were some things I didn't know of .. mainly curiosity.

The problem listed in this thread, re the loss of 'Search" function in Explorer is a real pain in the bottom and occurred as soon as I did the 'upgrades'. I have no other troubles with the machine.

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M.

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Do you regularly update your computer, or do you only update once every 18 months? We need to look at a list of updates that were done this round, and if there are too many, it won't help.
Please go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Update. Once it initializes, there is a "view update history" on the left pane of the screen. Using the date, please post the name and KB numbers (KB933069, for example) of your most recent update.
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Thanks Admiral,

I did a System Restore last night ( to the 15th of this month) and 'Search' function in right-click has returned.

Bygosh I'm starting to learn some of the tricks in these computers.

But here is the list of updates, one of which caused the 'drama'. - Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.


Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - April 2008 (KB890830)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Visio 2007 (KB947590)
Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB949037)
Update for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB946691)
Security Update for ActiveX Killbits for Windows XP (KB948881)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB948590)
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP (KB947864)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB945553)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941693)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (KB946974)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (KB946983)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB943055)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB946026)
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (KB110806)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB943485)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941644)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - February 2008 (KB890830) - IE Version
DU-Only: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP (KB944533)

Thanks for looking.
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Hi All,
Perhaps problem solved .. I did a Restore to a few days before I did the Microsoft updates and now I'm a happy soul.

From Googling, it seems there is a flaw if one gets updates and it also updates way back to SP1.

Thanks for your thoughts and I guess this case is closed .

Max.

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Learnatic,

I see there's a few security Updates in them though.
Also I see no SP1 for XP. Only for .NET Framework 2.0

I have no real experience with updates so I'll let The Admiral finish this. But I think you can't just ignore the updates.

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Olrik
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Thanks again Olrik,

The SP1 isue was just something I saw in passing as the downloads were happening.
In Google somewhere it had been expressed that the company at some time who was contracted to Microsoft for production of thjis certain bit of software had had a legal issue for a short time and if one is unlucky enough to get an update that coresponds to this 'hole', this is the result.

Your concerns are noted and I'll be keeping up with my updates more regularly and keeping an eye on 'em so I know more precisely what is happening.
My vague requests for help don't help anyone.

Cheers,
Max.

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Best thing you can do instead of express installing them is using the advanced feature.
You can then deselect any updates that you want etc.

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Olrik
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