If you try to manually start the Windows Search service, you receive the following error message:
Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.
To resolve this issue, you must delete certain registry entries. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, use one of the following methods.
If you are using a keyboard
- Press the Windows logo key+X.
- Click Command Prompt (Admin).
If you are not using a keyboard
- On the Start screen, swipe in from the right side, and then tap or click cmd in the Search box.
- In the search results, locate and then press and hold or right-click Command Prompt, and then tap or click Run as Administrator.
- Type regedit.exe, and then press Enter.
- If you are prompted for confirmation to allow changes to the registry, tap or click Yes.
- Click Find on the Edit menu.
- In the Find what field, type FileChangeClientConfigs, and then tap or click Find next.
- In the navigation pane, expand the FileChangeClientConfigs node by tapping or clicking the expand/collapse arrow.
- In the navigation pane under the FileChangeClientConfigs node, look for the entries that have names that consist of letters, numbers, braces, and hyphens.
- Select each entry by tapping or clicking it. In the details pane, look for a registry value that is named ScopeToMonitor in the Name column. Then, do one of the following:
- If there is a value that is named ScopeToMonitor, leave that registry entry in the navigation pane unchanged, and go to the next entry.
- If there is no value that is named ScopeToMonitor, press and hold or right-click the registry entry in the navigation pane, and then select Delete.
- Close Registry Editor to return to the Start screen.
- Swipe in from the right side, select the Settings charm, and then tap or click Restart.
Article ID: 2923592 - Last Review: 25 Feb 2015 - Revision: 1