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  • Question

  • At some point which I didn't notice, my windows 10 servcie broke. On starting the service, i get the message "The system cannot find the file specified). Been working on this for a while and this is what I have done

    1) The search service executable and data directories pointed to in the registry all exist

    2) Scanning the system for corrupt files found nothing (sfc /scannow) found nothing

    3) Reinstalling windows apps didnt help (Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"})

    4) Running  DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth didn't help

    Does anyone have any suggestions to fix this (pref without a refresh)?

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:08 AM

Answers

  • What happens if you create a new user account?

    You may go for a repair install.

    Here is the link to create Windows 10 ISO:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Use installation or recovery media to get to startup settings:

    1. Insert the USB drive or DVD and restart your PC. If you’re using recovery media, skip the next step

    2. On the Install Windows page, select Repair your computer.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:57 AM
  • Check out http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/windows-search-error-2-windows-8-1/

    Written for Windows 8, but might apply to W10 also.


    Ramesh Srinivasan



    Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:41 AM
  • Hello,

    Also suggest you to run Search and Indexing troubleshooter from Control Panel.

    Regards.

    Windows Troubleshooting & How to guides - http://www.kapilarya.com

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 9:15 AM
  • Hi,

    Firstly, please open the Services console:

    1. Right click the WIN+R, type services.msc.

    2. Locate to Windows Search service as below, double click to check its Service name(WSearch).

    3. Launch the Registry Editor, locate to this path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wsearch as below.

    4. Make sure its service name, display name, description and Image path(path to executable) are correct.

    And then run this commands to repair the missing or corrupted system file:

    SFC /Scannow

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/929833


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, January 25, 2016 7:29 AM

All replies

  • What happens if you create a new user account?

    You may go for a repair install.

    Here is the link to create Windows 10 ISO:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Use installation or recovery media to get to startup settings:

    1. Insert the USB drive or DVD and restart your PC. If you’re using recovery media, skip the next step

    2. On the Install Windows page, select Repair your computer.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:57 AM
  • Check out http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/windows-search-error-2-windows-8-1/

    Written for Windows 8, but might apply to W10 also.


    Ramesh Srinivasan



    Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:41 AM
  • Hello,

    Also suggest you to run Search and Indexing troubleshooter from Control Panel.

    Regards.

    Windows Troubleshooting & How to guides - http://www.kapilarya.com

    Saturday, January 23, 2016 9:15 AM
  • Hi,

    Firstly, please open the Services console:

    1. Right click the WIN+R, type services.msc.

    2. Locate to Windows Search service as below, double click to check its Service name(WSearch).

    3. Launch the Registry Editor, locate to this path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wsearch as below.

    4. Make sure its service name, display name, description and Image path(path to executable) are correct.

    And then run this commands to repair the missing or corrupted system file:

    SFC /Scannow

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/929833


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, January 25, 2016 7:29 AM