The "Search programs and files" box on the Start menu does not search files on network locations that are not indexed in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Symptoms

You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. You use the Search programs and files box on the Start menu to search files on the computer. In this case, you notice that search result does not include libraries that are not indexed. Therefore, you cannot use the Search programs and files box to search files that are stored on network locations.

Cause

This issue occurs because of a design change in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. By default, the search functionality from the Search programs and files box on the Start menu does not search libraries that are not indexed.

Resolution

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 the problem described in this article. 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 website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote 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.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

Registry information

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 How to back up and restore the registry in WindowsThis hotfix adds the functionality to search libraries that are not indexed from the Search programs and files box on the Start menu. To enable this functionality, you must create a registry subkey after you install this hotfix.

To enable the functionality, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to enable the functionality yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.


Fix it for me

To enable the functionality, click the Fix it button or link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.



  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

  • We would appreciate your feedback. To provide feedback or to report any issues with this solution, please leave a comment on the "Fix it for me" blog or send us an email message.



To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click StartStart button , type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

    UAC If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.

  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SearchPlatform\Preferences

  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

  4. Type EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu, and then press ENTER.

  5. Right-click EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu, and then click Modify.

  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

  7. Exit Registry Editor.

Note If you want to disable the functionality of searching libraries that are not indexed, set the value of the EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu registry entry to 0.

Restart requirementYou may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File informationThe global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MANIFEST files and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Searchfolder.dll

6.1.7600.20809

646,656

02-Oct-2010

05:01

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Searchfolder.dll

6.1.7600.20809

869,888

02-Oct-2010

05:43

x64

Searchfolder.dll

6.1.7600.20809

646,656

02-Oct-2010

05:01

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Searchfolder.dll

6.1.7600.20809

1,861,632

02-Oct-2010

04:48

IA-64

Searchfolder.dll

6.1.7600.20809

646,656

02-Oct-2010

05:01

x86

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about software update terminology, 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

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,649

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_85a99857a1b532abd8e5596488a3e32c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_c51fc0820cf4f6fa.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

700

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-searchfolder_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_9b2ab50543793345.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

47,155

Date (UTC)

02-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

05:32

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_f101215ba0c64ce38ba69a14e518af19_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_4e75ab37f47bccf1.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,048

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-searchfolder_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_f7495088fbd6a47b.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

47,159

Date (UTC)

02-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

06:31

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,659

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-searchfolder_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_9b2ab50543793345.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

47,155

Date (UTC)

02-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

05:32

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_7b1c1e47da103aaef61fb706f6532e66_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_b0e2c9a852aa140d.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,046

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-searchfolder_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_9b2c58fb43773c41.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

47,157

Date (UTC)

02-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

06:26

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,469

Date (UTC)

05-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

20:25

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-searchfolder_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20809_none_9b2ab50543793345.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

47,155

Date (UTC)

02-Oct-2010

Time (UTC)

05:32

Platform

Not Applicable

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