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Cannot search for files on my computer


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#1 flyboye

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:03 PM

When I try to use the search function on my computer an error message comes up that says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item".

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

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Does it happen with search function only?
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:32 AM

Do you have indexing turned off in Services?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:41 AM

When I go to "turn windows services on or off" the indexing service box is not checked

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:56 AM

Try this. Start/Search and type in services. Look through their and you will see Windows Search Right click on it and you will see Restart.
This will help also. I couldn't find it here.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/25343-windows-search-turn-off.html

Edited by Layback Bear, 14 September 2011 - 11:04 AM.


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:36 PM

Search is turned on in services but I still cannot search for files on my computer. When I type in something in the search bar on the start menu nothing happens.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:14 PM

Did you check to see if Windows search is enabled in Programs and Features as shown in the link posted by Layback Bear?

If you do need to search for files, you can also try Everything Search until you get the Windows search sorted out. This is such a good tool that I use it instead of Windows search.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 03 October 2011 - 09:17 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:19 PM

I use Windows 7 search and Search Everything. When you turn on Windows search and indexing it will take a little time for Windows to do this.




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