Ivo and everyone, please be gentle with me. I've already been on SevenForums
and can't find the answer. I'm not sure if I have the problem separate from
Classic Shell, because I don't really want to uninstall it and test. I can't
stand Windows 7 without CS! I have used it since V 1.03.
While running classic Shell (currently 2.9.3), if I left-click on Start, I see
an option titled "Search" with a little magnifying glass icon. When I left-
click on it, I see two options: "for files or folders" and "people". If I
select " for files or folders" , I receive an error dialog window with the
title "search:" that contains this message: "There is no program associated
with the requested action. Please install a program or, if one is already
installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel".
Now, please understand that this is not a big problem for me. I have the
Windows ports of all the common Unix tools installed and in my PATH, so I
typically just grep for files. But, I see other people running Windows 7
without CS, and they often make good use of this search function. I kind of
feel left out.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
Choosing Search -> For files or folders simply runs the Windows search. It
should be the same as pressing Win+F. What happens if you press Win+F? Or when
you go to Windows Explorer and type something in the search box in the corner?
Same error with Win+F - this makes me think that the error message is telling
me the truth (imagine that? ;-) ) - there is no program associated. Most
likely not a CS problem. Is there an easy way to associate the correct thingie
with "search:" ?
BTW, I don't see a "search box" in the corner of Windows Explorer. Never
looked for it before, though.
Thanks for the hand-holding, I really appreciate it.
Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features
On the left side click on Turn Windows features on or off
Scroll down and see if Windows Search is selected. If not, click on the
checkbox and press OK
Well, I feel sheepish - it was off. But now I remember what happened. Over a
year ago, I was sick of the indexing service running. In XP, it was possible
to disable the constant, annoying indexing without turning off Search. Search
is just not worth the damn indexer always running. Yet another case of MS
taking something that was sort of OK in XP and mucking it up in Win7 <sigh>
Thanks! Once again you have provided clarity in my dark, confused world.
Well good news for you. Now the latest public beta version of Classic Shell which is available from the home page has full Windows Search integration, including document search. Try it if you are interested.