What happened to my Explorer search?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by jellybelly, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. jellybelly

    jellybelly MDL Member

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    So this is new.. I've never seen anything like this before so I'm not sure where to start debugging the issue...

    Using an Explorer window's search box to search a directory for files (*.*) works normally.. but if I try to right-click Sort By or Group By there are no options to use.. it only has Ascending/Descending and 'More', and the More option only brings up an empty, useless box:

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    Also if I change the View to Details, all I see are the file/folder icons with nothing else displayed, and no column headers either:

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    Got any ideas where I should be looking to fix this?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Start off with a simple system scan :

    Start->Programs->Accessories-> right-click cmd->run as administrator-> type: "sfc /scannow" (minus the quotes)


    If that don't help, try to clean your system with Piriform CCleaner (section cleaner: check everything under "Windows Explorer" -> analyse + run cleaner)...
    That should clean up all thumbnail and file cache under explorer...


    Keep us posted ;-)
     
  3. jellybelly

    jellybelly MDL Member

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    Those had already been done.. this is a little bigger issue than just something that needs to be cleaned.. and with no other responses, because nobody knows what this is, I feel the only resolution would be to reinstall Windows. Got to love the little problems that require a reinstall.
     
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  4. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    Try a repair install. If that and all else fails, indeed sounds like time to reinstall from scratch onto a clean disk. If you have a system image from a time when all was well you could restore that.
     
  5. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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  6. jellybelly

    jellybelly MDL Member

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    Just for giggles I did try both options, neither helped. The indexing option --- well I don't index many locations to begin with (who does?), and the Fix It did not work either.

    As for the third solution --- let me just reiterate that the problem is only with the explorer window after using the search box, not the regular file list, everything works fine if I just open up an explorer window to a drive/folder, but if I search that's where the issue comes.

    In List mode all files/folders are present, but cannot sort in any way, in Details mode only the file/folder icons are visible and no text, and no "detail" information or column headers.

    I may try a repair, but this installation of Windows is only a couple weeks old.. not sure when the problem started or if it's already built into my backup images so.. still not fun.

    Thanks for the tips anyways.
     
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  7. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    If you have system restore enabled, you could also try a restore point, if you know when exactly this issue started. Restore to a date before...little less hastle than doing a repair install...

    Grtz.
    Gen.