Do you get any error messages and if so what do they say? If search simply does nothing you could check in the registry at:
if there is an entry NoFind and has the value 1. Change this to 0.
Hi Yoyo, Thanks for the note. Checked the registry as you advised, but have no NoFind entry. Tried adding a NoFind key to no effect.
When I click SEARCH, a popup window appears with "search companion" in the title bar, and an exclamation mark in the window. The only option is to click "OK" which exits the popup, but no search ensues.
Option 1. Depending on your version of TweakUI, run it, go to the Desktop settings and put the check mark back in Search Results.
Option 2. If you don't have TweakUI installed, or this option isn't available in your version, copy and paste the following lines into a Notepad file and save the file with an REG extension. Make sure to add a blank line at the end of the file.
Locate the file you just saved and double click it. Answer yes to the import prompt.
Option 3: If manually editing the Registry is not to your liking, visit the web site at www.dougknox.com and visit the Windows XP section. In Tweaks and Fixes, follow the link for Fix Windows XP Search (error) and follow the instructions.