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  • Hi,
    whenever I try to search Windows in my user, nothing happens. When I try and search from the start menu nothing shows up and when I press "see more results" something comes up saying "Windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item."
    Even when I try and search in documents ,downloads or other libraries , the search doesn't even begin, as in nothing happens at all.Also it works on my guest account just not this one even though I'm an administrator.
    Any help would be appreciated.Thanks.

    Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:53 PM

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  • Windows Search service is started?

    Check in services.msc


    Arnav Sharma | Facebook | Twitter Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Monday, July 8, 2013 4:48 AM
  • From MS-KB 977380 (The "Search programs and files" box does not display search results correctly in Windows 7)

    Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
    In the Run box, type regedit and then press ENTER. 

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Locate the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}

    Right-click this subkey, and then select Delete.
    Restart the computer.

    Does that help?


    Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
    In the Run box, type regedit and then press ENTER. 

     If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
    Right-click this subkey, and then select Delete.
    Restart the computer.
  • Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
  • In the Run box, type regedit and then press ENTER

    User Account Control permission
     If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
  • Right-click this subkey, and then select Delete.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
  • In the Run box, type regedit and then press ENTER

    User Account Control permission
     If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
  • Right-click this subkey, and then select Delete.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
  • In the Run box, type regedit and then press ENTER

    User Account Control permission
     If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
  • Right-click this subkey, and then select Delete.
  • Restart the computer.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience

    Monday, July 8, 2013 7:04 AM
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  • @Arnav Sharma yes it is, I even stop and started it again.

    @Ramesh Srinivasan I tried this  and it didn't work?
    Monday, July 8, 2013 2:56 PM
  • Hi rufaro16,

    Please try to reinstall the windows search components:

    open control panel, go to programs and check "Turn Windows features on or off " and uncheck the Windows search to remove it, restart and then add it from Windows features.

    If it persists, please try another user account for test.

    Best regards,

    Karen Hu

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:31 AM
  • @ karen Hu, I tried this but it didn't work and other accounts work just not this one.
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 7:14 PM
  • Hi rufaro16,

    Please try to fix this user profile as following article:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

    Best regards,

    Karen Hu

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:49 AM
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:22 AM