Lost the search function

By Rick-G
Apr 27, 2008
  1. Hi everyone, I need help. I have no search anymore. I click start-search, a window opens but it is blank. Very odd I think. Anyone have any idea what the heck is going on? This is XP Home, SP2 with and Athlon 3500+ cpu, if that helps. Thanks for reading. Rick
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    1. Log on to the computer by using an account with administrator permissions.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type %systemroot%\inf, and then click OK.
    3. Locate the Srchasst.inf file.
    4. Right-click the Srchasst.inf file, and then click Install. This reinstalls the files that Search Companion uses.
  3. Rick-G

    Rick-G TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi kimsland. Ok I did what you said, then got a dialog box saying the file msgr3en.dll is needed, and I have to type in a path where the file is located---huh???? lol I really don't know lots about all this pc tech stuff. Thanks.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    My "msgr3en.dll" lives in:


    I was about to say just seach for it !!!
    But that would have been funny (in a cruel way)

    So you could browse to those locations (when it asks you, where is it) But I'm concerned you might get more "type in the path..." questions.
    If you do, then at least try C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 so forth...

    Another, possibly easier, option, would be to click Start-->Run--> sfc /scannow
    You'll need your Windows CD, and it takes about an hour (shouldn't hurt any of your files either)

    Doing a sfc /scannow will confirm all your Windows files are intact.
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