The found folders icon changes to a document icon when you search for a folder in Windows XP

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When you search for a folder in Microsoft Windows XP, the found folders icon changes to a document icon.
This problem may occur after you install the security update that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

835732 MS04-011: Security update for Microsoft Windows

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Windows XP SP1

   Date         Time   Version        Size  File name   -----------------------------------------------------   19-Jul-2004  22:21   58,434  Srchctls.dll        19-Jul-2004  22:21  725,566  Srchui.dll

Windows XP SP2

   Date         Time   Version        Size  File name   -----------------------------------------------------   02-Sep-2004  00:26   58,434  Srchctls.dll        02-Sep-2004  00:26  725,566  Srchui.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
Microsoft Search Companion may not run after you install this hotfix package. Search Companion is a service that lets you search for files and folders on your computer, on any local network, or on the Internet. You can access Search Companion by clicking Start and then clicking Search. If Search Companion is running before you apply this hotfix, the hotfix installation may replace data that will cause Search Companion to function incorrectly. To resolve this problem, you can restart your computer.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 872966 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 23:54:12 - Revision: 4.0

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