Windows indexing wont start

lenraphael

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only get one one of my two machines running Win 11 (machine 2 in my specs)

Services shows Windows Search set to delayed Automatic (delayed start). When i click on start: error 3: The system cannot find the path specified.
 
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Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132

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    AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX 16 core
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AndreTen

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try Indexer Diagnostic (in Store app). It a MS app build for Windows 10. Should work in Windows 11 too

It will show you if the service works, repaire it if it doesn't etc
 

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    Intel I3 10100
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    ASUS B460M
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    16 GB DDR4 Crucial
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Ed Tittel

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@AndreTen: just tried searching Store on "Indexer Diagnostic" and got zero response both in Windows 10 and 11. Can you provide a Store link, please? Sorry to be a pest, but I'm curious...
TIA,
--Ed--

Just found it, I think, here: Buy Indexer Diagnostics - Microsoft Store Aha! "Currently Not Available." Something is up, but we won't know what, for at least a while. Sigh.
 

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AndreTen

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@AndreTen: just tried searching Store on "Indexer Diagnostic" and got zero response both in Windows 10 and 11. Can you provide a Store link, please? Sorry to be a pest, but I'm curious...
TIA,
--Ed--

Just found it, I think, here: Buy Indexer Diagnostics - Microsoft Store Aha! "Currently Not Available." Something is up, but we won't know what, for at least a while. Sigh.
Looks like it was put on hold.. it was beta after all

Try this link Indexer diagnostics

And, for @lenraphael Run
sfc /scannow in admin command prompt. This should be fixed

next, run Troubleshooter (again in command prompt):
Code:
msdt.exe -ep WindowsHelp id SearchDiagnostic

And Tutorials on Tenforums (hope it'll work on 11) to reset Search indexer:
tenforums tutorials / how-reset-windows-search-windows-10
 
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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I3 10100
    Motherboard
    ASUS B460M
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 Crucial
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel on chip
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24, LG 24
    Screen Resolution
    Full HD x 2
    Hard Drives
    kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe 500 GB
    PSU
    LC Power 650W
    Case
    Noname
    Cooling
    Air 2x 120mm
    Keyboard
    Cherry G-81
    Mouse
    Logitech M500
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS/Vivobook Flip 14
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 4700u
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Vega
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14"
    Screen Resolution
    FullHD
    Hard Drives
    512 Samsung NVMe PCIe
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Mouse
    Touchpad, Touchscreen
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender

lenraphael

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C:\WINDOWS\system32>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
For online repairs, details are included in the CBS log file located at
windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For offline
repairs, details are included in the log file provided by the /OFFLOGFILE flag.

Then I tried: msdt.exe -ep WindowsHelp id SearchDiagnostic and got: Troubleshooting Wizard. Windows Online Troubleshooting Service is disabled. . Windows Online Troubleshooting Service is not enabled for this version of Windows.


Lastly, I downloaded the tool and ran the command with the full path to the downloaded script, in an Administrator: Command Prompt box but it failed:


Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22000.132]
(c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -File C:\Users\lenraphael\Desktop\ResetWindowsSearchBox (1).ps1
Processing -File 'C:\Users\lenraphael\Desktop\ResetWindowsSearchBox' failed because the file does not have a '.ps1' extension. Specify a valid Windows PowerShell script file name, and then try again.
Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Install the latest PowerShell for new features and improvements! Migrating from Windows PowerShell 5.1 to PowerShell 7 - PowerShell
 
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    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
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    PC/Desktop
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    Corsair
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 3080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3 2780Q 4k, 1 3280Q 4k
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1 TB nve 1 TB nve
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    KenisisGaming
    Mouse
    CST trackball
    Internet Speed
    ATT 1gb fiber
    Browser
    Edge beta
    Antivirus
    Sophos and MalWarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 2080TI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2780Q 4k
    Hard Drives
    1Tb Nve, 2HD
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Razer Death Adder Elite
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    Asus
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FreeBooter

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Use this attached batch script to reset Windows search.
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop TG01-2019nt
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
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lenraphael

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The script executed fine w/o errors. But still can't enable search. Trying to start the search service gives the same error as before.

Appreciate all the efforts.
 

My Computers

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  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Corsair
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 3080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3 2780Q 4k, 1 3280Q 4k
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1 TB nve 1 TB nve
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    KenisisGaming
    Mouse
    CST trackball
    Internet Speed
    ATT 1gb fiber
    Browser
    Edge beta
    Antivirus
    Sophos and MalWarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 2080TI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2780Q 4k
    Hard Drives
    1Tb Nve, 2HD
    Case
    Corsair
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    air
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    Razer Death Adder Elite
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    Asus
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AndreTen

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sfc command failed to fix al errors.

Any other problems, besides search indexer?

Run these 3 dism commands (in admin command prompt):

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /scanhealth
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /checkhealth
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /restorehealth

Then Reboot (Very important) and right after run:

icacls C:\Windows\WinSxS
and again

sfc /scannow
Windows installation is damaged somehow. Hope this procedure will help. It does (mostly) on Windows 10
 

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    Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Dev
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    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I3 10100
    Motherboard
    ASUS B460M
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 Crucial
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel on chip
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24, LG 24
    Screen Resolution
    Full HD x 2
    Hard Drives
    kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe 500 GB
    PSU
    LC Power 650W
    Case
    Noname
    Cooling
    Air 2x 120mm
    Keyboard
    Cherry G-81
    Mouse
    Logitech M500
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS/Vivobook Flip 14
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 4700u
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Vega
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14"
    Screen Resolution
    FullHD
    Hard Drives
    512 Samsung NVMe PCIe
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Mouse
    Touchpad, Touchscreen
    Internet Speed
    100/20
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    Firefox, Vivaldi
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    MS Defender

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Try merging the registry file to repair Windows Search service.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop TG01-2019nt
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1

lenraphael

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To my surprise, both the built in memory test and Memtest86 reported memory errors.


So does Indexing do a memory check before starting?

Will replace the bad memory chip(s) and then resume following the above suggestions.

Thank you all again
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Corsair
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 3080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3 2780Q 4k, 1 3280Q 4k
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1 TB nve 1 TB nve
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    KenisisGaming
    Mouse
    CST trackball
    Internet Speed
    ATT 1gb fiber
    Browser
    Edge beta
    Antivirus
    Sophos and MalWarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 2080TI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2780Q 4k
    Hard Drives
    1Tb Nve, 2HD
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Razer Death Adder Elite
    Keyboard
    Asus
    Internet Speed
    1GB ATT fiber

Stigg

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Even when you get windows indexing to work and you do a search, then you close search, it doesn't refresh. I leaves the search results on your screen. There is a problem with it.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Stigg's Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10900X
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE X299X DESIGNARE 10G
    Memory
    Corsair 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) CMW64GX4M4C3000C15 Vengeance RGB Pro 3000Mhz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Super Mini ITX 6 GB OC
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 27" FHD LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (LS27F350FHEXXY)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Pro Series 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
    Western Digital Red Pro WD8003FFBX-68B9AN0 8 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III
    Western Digital Red Pro WD8003FFBX-68B9AN0 8 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III
    PSU
    Corsair HX1200 1200W 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 Black Solid Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Chromax Black
    Keyboard
    Razer Ornata V2
    Mouse
    Razer DeathAdder Essential
    Internet Speed
    FTTN 100Mbps / 40Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    N/A
    Other Info
    Logitech BRIO 4k Ultra HD USB-C Webcam
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS
    CPU
    Core i7-8750H
    Motherboard
    Zephyrus M GM501GS
    Memory
    SK Hynix 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) HMA82GS6CJR8N-VK 16 GB DDR4-2666 DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC294
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AU Optronics B156HAN07.1 [15.6" LCD]
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung MZVKW512HMJP-00000 512 GB, PCI-E 3.0 x4
    Samsung SSD 860 QVO 4TB 4 TB, SATA-III
    PSU
    N/A
    Case
    N/A
    Cooling
    N/A
    Mouse
    Razer DeathAdder Essential
    Keyboard
    PC/AT Enhanced PS2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
    Internet Speed
    FTTN 100Mbps / 40Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    N/A
    Other Info
    USB2.0 HD UVC Webcam

lenraphael

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I mostly need search for simple searching within Outlook
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Corsair
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 3080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3 2780Q 4k, 1 3280Q 4k
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1 TB nve 1 TB nve
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    KenisisGaming
    Mouse
    CST trackball
    Internet Speed
    ATT 1gb fiber
    Browser
    Edge beta
    Antivirus
    Sophos and MalWarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 21H2 build 22000.132
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX 16 core
    Memory
    132GB
    Graphics card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 2080TI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2780Q 4k
    Hard Drives
    1Tb Nve, 2HD
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Razer Death Adder Elite
    Keyboard
    Asus
    Internet Speed
    1GB ATT fiber
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