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Registry problem after WIN 8 upgrade

  1. #1

    Posts : 7
    Windows Pro 8 64bit

    Registry problem after WIN 8 upgrade

    An unexpected upgrade occurred on Win 8.1, which has resulted in problems with several applications, and seem to be related to the Search function.

    My drive L is an unused USB drive, but it has become registered in particular with the search operation in the registry. However, even editing the entry through Command Prompt Administrator, the change is not allowed.

    The particular entry is:
    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gathering Manager\DefaultApplicationPath
    Value Data L:Search\Data\Applications\

    I am trying to correct this to %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\

    I hope I am correct in posting in this section, and that someone knowledgeable on the registry my advise me further.


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  2. #2

    Try this:

    Open Regedit to the key you're having a problem with. (Gathering Manager, in the left pane)
    Right Click -> Permissions -> Advanced

    Click the 'Change' link next to "Owner" and choose your currently logged in user profile as the new owner.

    Apply this.

    Now, in the same window, select your "Allow" entry for your username and click the "Edit" button.

    Tick the "Full Control" checkbox and apply this.

    Now the entry you said your having a problem with is of the type "REG_EXPAND_SZ" aka "Expandable String Value"

    Either edit it by hand or use this provided .reg file to fix it.
    (I suggest using this reg file as there is 0 chance of error as I pulled the reg file from the default Windows 8.1 image from MSDN.)

    Copy and paste the following into notepad, and "Save As..." the file with a .reg extension. Do this by changing the Drop-Down-Menu below where you enter the filename. Change from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All Files (*.*)"
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gathering Manager]
    Here is a download link for the .reg file for your convenience.!5B5mTR5D!H5HNE2...iPxeLrcJ2_m5lY
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  3. #3

    Posts : 7
    Windows Pro 8 64bit

    Thanks to hydranix

    Your suggested procedure was fine and resolved that registry entry.

    Regrettably it did not help me in overcoming the basic problem, which I feel is actually not networking related.
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  4. #4

    If you would like, I'm willing to help resolve whatever the basic problem may be.

    Could you provide a detailed explanation of what is happening?

    You could use the problem steps recorder utility if it is hard to describe.
    (At Start Screen type "PSR.exe" and press enter, then attach the file it creates to a post or send in a private message)
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  5. #5

    Posts : 7
    Windows Pro 8 64bit

    More details

    Thanks for contact hydranix.

    Problems as attachment.

    All appear to be associated with linking to internet from various applications, although such as Cyberfos (Firefox) browser is 100% OK, and also GoogleEarth, where maps and locations are all downloadable.
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Registry problem after WIN 8 upgrade
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