The Search Application Did Not Finish Loading

Applies to: Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010SharePoint Server 2010


When accessing most links within a Search Service Application Administration page, such as 'Crawl Log' and 'Content Sources', you may receive the following message:

"The search application <GUID> on server <servername> did not finish loading. View the event logs on the affected server for more information." 

Additionally the following event is present in the Application Event Log:

Log Name:         Application
Source:             Microsoft-SharePoint Products-SharePoint Server Search
Event ID:            25
Task Category: Gatherer
Level:                 Error
User:                 contoso\user1

The application cannot be initialized.

Application '<Search Service Application>'

Access is denied.   (0x80070005)

More Information

This is caused by insufficient permissions for the search service account on the SharePoint Server. Verify that no group policies have been set on the local user groups 'WSS_WPG' and 'WSS_ADMIN_WPG'. 


Check the system event log for group policy changes that may have occurred around the same time as the search errors. Determine if any group policies have altered permissions on 'WSS_WPG', or WSS_ADMIN_WPG groups

Log Name:   System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
Event ID:     1502

Run the Psconfig command-line tool for SharePoint Products as follows:

Psconfig -cmd secureresources

Note: To run Psconfig at a command prompt, navigate to the '%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\14\bin' folder

For more information about Psconfig, see Psconfig command-line reference (SharePoint Server 2010)