Reset Windows Search to Defaults

clip_image002 Reset Windows Search to Defaults

Problem description
When searching in Windows Vista you may get a message: Search Failed to Initialize.

Solution Information

This Fix it Solution automates the steps described in the following MVP blog post:

  • Only runs on Vista
  • Stops the Windows Search Service
  • Configures the service to start= auto
  • Sets HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0 (zero).
  • Starts the Windows Search Service

Many thanks to MVP Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK for his contributions to this Fix it Solution.

Comments (14)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sadly all I got was this fix-it will not work on your system. Great.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A post by Anand Khanse, a Windows Desktop Experience MVP from India – Troubleshooting Windows Vista Search

  3. juan manuel reyesl opez says:

    all time one message send  to Microsotf site with problem cuase in windows live search

  4. DVD To Blackberry Converter says:

    Re my above message.

    New update today, same recurring problem.

  5. bill says:

    I have no Fricken idea how to activate or download this fix

  6. Me Freakin Mad says:

    So how the freak do we reset the windows search to defaults!!!!!!!  This site is useless!

  7. Walter Clark says:

    The search engine on my computer has stopped working. Will no longer search downloaded photos or documents. Its memory may be full. The server that makes it work may have shut down. How do I fix it

  8. Jaylena says:

    I have the same problem. Se3arch engine is not working. This is a nightmare.

  9. Mark says:

    Sadly, the FIX-IT option downloaded, but gave an error message others received.

  10. Jane says:

    this message keeps popping up when i try to view most sites, innocent sites i might add "windows internet explorer cannot open the internet site (the name of the site) operation aborted. have i got a virus ?  HELP

  11. SonPraiser says:

    Why do I keep getting a blue screen saying it is dumping?

  12. Leslie says:

    I'm trying to uninstall a program. And it keeps telling me" The windows Istaller service could not be accessed.This can occur if the windows installer is not correctly installed. Contact your Support Personell for assistence….What am I surposed to do..Or what did I do wrong…???

  13. St says:

    same problem, other place. The search is not working. Hopefully you can quickly afford a solution. While it isn’t working I use third party like Lookeen. Good, solid search tool. (I think after that my finances are at a low ebb).