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windows 7One of the most handy and useful utilities in Windows 7 is its Start menu search box. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t give you correct results. Such a feature, also available in Windows Vista, lets you type a few words in its blank field to give you back a list of files and folders which match what you are looking for. If, for any reason, it doesn’t work properly, here is a couple of solutions for you.

Sometimes, the Start menu Search tends to show only the category headings such as Programs, Control Panel. etc. This issue is well-known at Microsoft. Here are a couple of fixes for you.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search box (or in the Run…box), type regedit.
  3. Locate the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ FolderTypes\ {ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785- 8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
  4. Right-click it and select Delete.
  5. Exit from Regedit and reboot your computer for the change to take effect.

If you don’t feel self confident to browse among tricky registry files, simply download this hotfix.

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2 Comments to “How to Fix Start Menu Search Not Showing Correct Results”

  1. mmg1818 Says:

    i use this


  2. Dennis F. Says:

    Tried to do this (IE 8, Win 7 Pro), but didn’t have the file “FolderTypes” inside Explorer.

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