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Windows Search service cripples Explorer.exe

  1. #1

    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

    Windows Search service cripples Explorer.exe

    Recently, I began experiencing a severe problem where no File Explorer (explorer.exe) windows would load (i.e., they would appear empty and the loading bar would keep going forever) and most functions stopped working (e.g., the ďPropertiesĒ dialogue box wouldnít appear, most start-up programs failed to launch, etc.). This persisted despite repeated reboots, the installation of all available updates, and a System Restore operation.

    Long story short, I eventually identified the culprit as the Windows Search service. Disabling it restores my computer to perfect working order. Iíve Googled a bit but didnít find any mentions of this specific issue, much less how to fix it.

    I often rely on Explorerís built-in search feature, so having to disable it is fairly limiting. Does anyone know what to do to re-enable it without it crippling my Windows/File Explorer?

    Iíll be checking for replies periodically, but I only have access to my computer about once a week to try out suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    Windows Search is also the Indexing, correct? I've severely curtailed indexing by only allowing: txt, log, doc - to be indexed. I'm learning something from this thread
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows Search service cripples Explorer.exe
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