Search For Files or Folders stopped Working

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by LoctOut, Dec 12, 2001.

  1. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    Now I only get a message..........

    A files that is required to run search companion can not be found. You may need to run setup.

    NE one esle had this problem?

  2. gothic

    gothic LinuXPert

    Cornwall Nr. England
    Yes. and it's still not working. Whenever I run it, it insists on going online and downloading the file "bar.xsl" which resides in the search assistants stylesheet folder, even tho' the damn thing is still there. Could it be an unregistered file in the registry perhaps?
  3. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

    Just done a search through my registry, theres no reference to that file !!
  4. Akash

    Akash OSNN Senior Addict

    try system restore?
  5. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    I tried system restore, no good.........
  6. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    I too have been having this problem for a while but have just managed to get the search working again. I use zone alarm and until i gave win explorer access to the web the search facility gave the same error. Only an idea but i would check that any firewall programs that you have are turned off and have another go (unless they are blocking the port in the reg in which case uninstall and have a go, i have had many probs with a firewall doing this to me although not zone alarm :) ) hope this is of some use
  7. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    geez I tried it......... Turned off Zone Alarm and my search works........... wonder what the "F" that is all about.
  8. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    It is just win explorer taht must have access to the web, if you double check in the prog section and make sure it has access all should be sweet..... as to why, i agree its like nasel sex (f@#./ nose! :D )
  9. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    alright i already gave IE access buut not server access. Arte you saying it needs server access?
  10. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    Not internet explorer but windows explorer, it shouldnt need server rights just internet access, i found that once i had let it access the web once it worked fine without needing either a connection or access to the web, have a go and see what happens.
  11. Kramer2K

    Kramer2K Guest

    How do you allow windows explorer to have internet access?
  12. insaNity

    insaNity Guest

    I had the exact same problem - If I launched search, it would just sit there for a good 10-20secs then give that error -

    "A files that is required to run search companion can not be found. You may need to run setup."

    Very occassionaly it would still work. I had no firewall whatsoever.

    Anyway I found a good workaround: change back to the classic Win2000 search, which is also a lot faster (at loading, not searching)
    Here's the reg:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    "Use Search Asst"="no"
  13. Kramer2K

    Kramer2K Guest

    Well, i looked in my registry, and it was already set to "no" so I dont' know what else to do. Any help, pointers, advice, or anything would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  14. insaNity

    insaNity Guest

    try running the command "sfc /scannow" (no quotes)
    from the command prompt.
    It validates system files and if any are changed, missing or corrupt it will prompt you for the XP CD to re-install them.
  15. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    If you are using Zone Alarm then whenever you use a program that wants to access the internet you just choose the "yes allow this to access box", if you have stopped a program from accessing the web and want to enable it to access again you just go to the programs tab. The reply that I had posted was for people using Zone alarm so that may not apply to you. I would be cautious about running an sfc as this can revert some files back to the original condition that you have changed on purpose.

  16. insaNity

    insaNity Guest

    really? have you experienced this?

    I have installed numerous OS updates, etc (not just microsoft ones) and when I ran sfc it came up with everything ok.

    During installation of older apps, I have been prompted to insert the XP CD to replace overwritten .dlls though. (which I did and the programs still work)


    any more info on what files sfc checks and does it ignore files that have been "signed and certified" or something?