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My windows search is not working

I work on XP and the system's search option is not working... the dog is appearing but the search options are not displayed... though avg antivirus is there..

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I need to find a set up disc

What operating system set up disc are you referring to ?

Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc:

"This will show you how to create a Windows 7 system repair disc to use to boot to the system recovery options if you don't have a Windows installation disc, can't find your Windows installation disc, or can't access the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer."

If you do not have access to either disc: Windows 7 - Repair Disc download

a) Insert the Windows 7 System Repair DVD or Installation DVD and reboot.

b) Select the correct keyboard input method and click 'Next'.

Note: If you are using the Windows7 Install DVD then at the 'Install Now' prompt (Do not pick the Install Now option) instead choose the 'Repair your computer' option located in the lower left of the dispay.

c) The System Repair tool will search for a valid operating system and will report that "Windows found problems with your computer's startup options.

Do you want to apply repairs and restart your computer?"

d) Click 'Repair and restart' and reboot again to the Windows 7 System Repair environment.

e) Click 'Next' at the keyboard selection prompt and when the 'System Recovery Options' screen appears verify that the "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows" is selected.
Note that on your Dual Boot system there now should be only one operating system listed. Click the 'Next' button.

f) Now from the menu list select the 'Command Prompt' option.

g) At the DOS prompt type the following three commands:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr

bootrec.exe /fixboot (may return an 'Eliment not found' message)

bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

h) Close the command prompt window and click the 'Startup Repair' option.

i) The repair process may take some time, so wait until the process completes at which point you will see two messages "Windows cannot repair this computer automatically" and "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically".

These messages are the result of the radical changes made by removing the other drive. Ignore the Send/Don't send options.

J) Close this message window by clicking on the X in the upper right corner of the Send/Don't send window.

Next click on the 'View advanced options for system recovery and support' option and from the main menu once again click 'Startup Repair'.

This time the repair process may only that a few seconds and when prompted "Startup Repair could not detect a problem", click 'Finish' and run the 'Startup Repair' option one more time, click 'Finish', and then remove the System Repair DVD and click 'Restart'. Reboot the computer.

windows xp pro start up disc
vista recovery disc

Hope this helps.

Nov 20, 2012 | PC Desktops

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How can I reinstal Windows Search and Windows Security Centre

Install Windows Security Center

Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the Microsoft Windows Update website.

Click the "Express" button on the main page to have your computer checked for important updates to be installed.

Since Windows Security Center is not installed, it will be detected and installed within the update.

Search the list of updates that will be installed on your Computer and deselect any options besides Windows Security Center that you don't want installed at this time.

Click "Install Updates" to begin the installation process.

Set your computer up for Automatic Updates to keep your computer up to date.

You can do so by clicking "Start" followed by "Control Panel."

Click "Automatic Updates" and select the recommended option.

Click "Apply" followed by "OK" to save the changes and exit the window.

Install Windows Security Center in Windows Vista

Click the "Start" button followed by "All Programs." Scroll through the list and select "Windows Update" from the available options. You can also type "Windows Update" in the search field followed by pressing "Enter" to access it immediately.

Click the "Change Settings" button in the left window pane.

Select the radio button next to "Automatically download and install updates."

Click "OK" when you have finished. Windows will begin to scan your computer and download the necessary updates, one of which will be Windows Security Center if it isn't available on your computer already. When the updates have finished installing, a bubble will pop up in your system tray telling you new updates have installed and your computer needs to be restarted.

Restart your computer and once you log back on to Windows, Security Center will be available. You can access it by clicking the "Start" button and typing "Windows Security Center" in the search field. It will also be available in the "All Programs" software list.

Reinstall Windows Search

If for some reason you've lost Windows Search from your computer, it is possible to reinstall it.

Reinstalling Windows Search will improve the performance and stability of your computer system's indexer.

It will allow you to sort and group results in Windows Explorer more quickly, and will improve the indexing of your online email.

It expands your system's ability to do fast remote queries of file shares, including on Windows XP and Server 2003.

It automatically indexes shared folders and contains improvements in previews for earlier supported operating systems (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP).

When you type a search term into Windows Search, the results appear quickly.

This is also true for information from emails and their attachments.

Download and install Windows Search on your computer.

Click on the appropriate link for your version of Windows.

Click "Open" to download the file if you use Vista.

Click "Save" to download the file if you use Windows XP.

Click on "Run" to install Windows Search on your computer.

Follow the prompts to complete Windows Search installation.

Restart your computer.

Windows Search will be available in the Start menu if you use Vista.

If your operating system is Windows XP, use the Deskbar for quick and easy search access to indexed content on your PC or the network.

Personalize Windows Search for an optimal search experience .

Add-ins let you index Outlook saved email, Microsoft networks, Internet Explorer history and Lotus Notes.

Hope this helps

Nov 03, 2012 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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My desktop sceen shows Blue screen with error memory dump contect ur hardware vender

Try running the Check Disk Utility.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

May 14, 2012 | PC Desktops

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How to restore Dell Dimension 8200 to original factory setting?

  1. Insert the Operating System CD into the CD or DVD drive.

Close any program or utility that may start to run after you insert the CD into the drive.
note.gif HINT: The CD that you need to place in your CD or DVD drive is titled Operating System.
  1. Turn off the computer, and then turn the computer on again.

  2. When the blue Dell logo appears, press immediately.

If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop. Then shut down the computer and try again.
  1. Use the arrow keys to select the CD-ROM option, and then press .

  2. When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press to select To set up Windows now.

  3. Read the information in the License Agreement window, and then press on your keyboard to agree with the license information.

  4. If your computer already has Windows XP installed and you want to recover your current Windows XP data, type r to select the repair option, and then go to step 15.

If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press to select the fresh copy option, and then press on the next screen to select the highlighted partition (recommended). Then follow the instructions on the screen.

The Windows XP Setup screen appears and Windows XP begins to copy files and install the devices. The computer automatically restarts multiple times before it requires additional input.
  1. When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click the green arrow icon at the bottom of the screen to continue. Follow the on-screen directions to finish.

  2. When the Regional Settings screen appears, select the settings for your locale, and then click Next.

  3. Enter your name and organization in the Personalize Your Software screen, and then click Next.

  4. If you are reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition, enter a name for your computer when the Computer Namewindow appears, and then click Next.

If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional, enter a name for your computer and a password when theComputer Name and Administrator Password window appears, and then click Next.
  1. If you have a modem installed and the Modem Dialing Information screen appears, enter the requested information, and then click Next.

  2. Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window, and then click Next.

  3. If you have a network card in your computer, select the appropriate network settings. If you do not have a network card, this option does not appear.

Windows XP begins to install its components and configure the computer. The computer automatically restarts.
  1. When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click the green arrow icon at the bottom of the screen to continue. Follow the on-screen directions to finish.

  2. Remove the CD from the drive.

  3. Reinstall the appropriate drivers. See "Reinstalling Drivers."

  4. Reinstall your virus protection software.

Sep 11, 2010 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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Dell Inspiron 530s/531s desktop, Win. Xp home...Windows stops responding at the ''Loading Personal Settings'' cannot boot in safe mode.

try to boot in "Last good known configuration settings" by restarting your pc and then press F8 before windows appear and then select the boot option i mention above. if this not work since you said that it can't boot to safe mode, your other option is to repair the windows or else reformat it. when you repair the windows you must have windows xp home edition cd installer, you load it to your cd/dvd rom and then restart your pc and press F2 or DEL button before windows appear in order to go to setup bios settings. in bios settings, you choose boot order setup and setup first priority to cd/dvd and press F10 by saving the changes and then press any key when you see the prompt so that it can boot up to windows xp home cd installer and then follow screen instruction that you arrive to windows repair option.

Mar 27, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Computer

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I had to remove my operating system and reinstall windows xp and now my computer speaker won't work. I have tried downloading audio drivers, but cannot complete download for some reason

Hi friend,

You don't need to reinstall your window xp. you just need to use window xp restore option.

you need to click on "start" button then "programs" then "accessories" then "system tools" then select the "system restore" option

You need to select previous which date you was working ...

Dec 22, 2009 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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I have windows xp media center. I go to control

I would try booting in to safe mode see what happens
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Safe Mode" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.
If it works in safe mode you may have a permissions issue or infection of some type.
Run a virus scan.

Remove any devices connected to your computer.

Aug 18, 2009 | HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop

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I have an eMachine T3410. When it boots, a screen

your missing the biosinfo.inf. try reinstalling the system but backup everything you need first.

Jun 09, 2009 | E-Machines eMonster 600 PC Desktop

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Have Dell Opti Plex Gx 150 computer with Windows XP operating system and when I type on the keyboard, different characters appear on the page. Have changed to a different keyboard, checked the Regional and...

All I can think of is that somehow it has been set to a Dvorak keyboard layout. I think you can find it in control panel under keyboard. I am not even sure if the option still exists with XP,but it might be worth a look.

Nov 30, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Repairing Damaged Winsock2

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the   boot order in the system BIOS. Check your system documentation 
  for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order. 
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the 
  options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft 
  Windows XP to run on your computer:

  To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

  To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

  To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. 

  do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the 
  Recovery Console, press R", (you do not want to load Recovery 
  Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP 
  installation using the Recovery Console, press R". 

  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing 
  Windows installations. 

  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and 
  press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, 
  read this Warning!! 

  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.  
  Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. 
  Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your 
  applications and settings will remain intact.
  Blaster worm warning: Do not immediately activate over the internet 
  when asked, enable the XP firewall
  [ ]
  before connecting to the internet. You can activate after the 
  firewall is enabled. Control Panel - Network Connections. Right click 
  the connection you use, Properties, and there is a check box on the 
  Advanced [ ] page.

  7. Reapply updates or service packs applied since initial Windows XP 
  installation. Please note that a Repair Install from the Original 
  install XP CD will remove SP1/SP2 and service packs will need to be 
  Service Pack 2
  An option I highly recommend is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP2.
  Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  If the option to Repair Install is not available and you continue 
  with the install;you will delete your Windows folder and Documents 
  and Settings folder. All applications that place keys in the registry 
  will need to be re-installed. You should exit setup if the repair 
  option is not available and consider other options.

  Try the link below if the repair option is not available.
  Windows XP Crashed?
  Here's Help. 
  A salvage mission into the depths of Windows XP, explained by a 

  by Charlie White

  Related links
  You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, 
  or Upgrading Windows XP (Q312369);en-us;Q312369

  System Restore "Restore Points" Are Missing or Deleted (Q301224);en-us;Q301224

  How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP 
  Warning!! If the Repair Option is not Available 
  What should I do? Most important do not ignore the information below!

  If the option to Repair Install is NOT available and you continue 
  with the install; you will delete your Windows folder, Documents and 
  Settings folders. All Applications that place keys in the registry 
  will need to be re-installed. 

  You should exit setup if the repair option is not available and 
  consider other options. I have found if the Repair option is not 
  available, XP is usually not repairable and will require a Clean 
  If you still have the ability to access the Windows XP installation, 
  backup all important files not restorable from other sources before 
  attempting any recovery console trouble shooting attempts. 
  Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.
  1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.
  2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.  
  3. Type bootcfg.  
  4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the  
  XP OS install.  
  5. Try the repair install.

  One more suggestion from MVP Alex Nichol

  "Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option, and if the CD 
  letter is say K: give these commands

  COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:\
  COPY K:\i386\ C:\

  (two other files needed - just in case) 

  1. Type: ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini DEL C:\boot.ini 

  2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

  which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for 
  systems and make a new one. This might even result in a damaged 
  windows reappearing; but gives another chance of getting at the 

Oct 20, 2008 | PC Desktops

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