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Anonymous
May 20, 2005 11:49:18 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

When I try to use the search feature in Windows XP, I get an error message
that reads "Search Assistant is missing a file. You may need to run Setup."
The problem is that I can't reinstall it because Windows XP came
preinstalled on my PC, and I was not given a CD.
There is a hotfix that corrects this problem on the Windows Update site, but
it is pre-SP2, so I guess the question is: Is the only way to fix this
problem to uninstall SP2, install the hotfix, and reinstall SP2?
Thanks for any help!

Niece
Anonymous
May 20, 2005 3:31:08 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

No, please do NOT de-install SP2.
Q: Did you get and apply SP2 after you bought the pc?
Use Windows Explorer and see if this pc has this folder
C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles
or
C:\WINNT\ServicePackFiles

If found, we may be able to have you run System File Checker.
--
Maurice N
MVP Windows - Shell / User
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"niece" wrote
> When I try to use the search feature in Windows XP, I get an error message
> that reads "Search Assistant is missing a file. You may need to run
> Setup."
> The problem is that I can't reinstall it because Windows XP came
> preinstalled on my PC, and I was not given a CD.
> There is a hotfix that corrects this problem on the Windows Update site,
> but
> it is pre-SP2, so I guess the question is: Is the only way to fix this
> problem to uninstall SP2, install the hotfix, and reinstall SP2?
> Thanks for any help!
>
> Niece
Anonymous
May 20, 2005 3:39:19 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

See Kelly's website at following link, and scroll down to Search Doesn't
Work
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_s.htm

HTH
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Maurice N
MVP Windows - Shell / User
---

"niece" wrote
> When I try to use the search feature in Windows XP, I get an error message
> that reads "Search Assistant is missing a file. You may need to run
> Setup."
> The problem is that I can't reinstall it because Windows XP came
> preinstalled on my PC, and I was not given a CD.
> There is a hotfix that corrects this problem on the Windows Update site,
> but
> it is pre-SP2, so I guess the question is: Is the only way to fix this
> problem to uninstall SP2, install the hotfix, and reinstall SP2?
> Thanks for any help!
>
> Niece
Anonymous
May 20, 2005 8:13:27 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

OK, the website link was pretty much what I had previously found on the
WindowsXP site. I can't use any of those options because the hotfix is
pre-SP2 and I don't have the installation CD.
But it did tell me what files could be corrupted or damaged and that did
help. After looking I realized that the files are missing. The
folder(Windows\srchasst\mui\0409) that is supposed to contain these files is
empty, obviously causing the problem.
As I had mentioned earlier, I can't reinstall the .inf file for Search
because I don't have the CD, so do I still have any options?
Thank you for your help.


"Maurice N ~ MVP" wrote:

> No, please do NOT de-install SP2.
> Q: Did you get and apply SP2 after you bought the pc?
> Use Windows Explorer and see if this pc has this folder
> C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles
> or
> C:\WINNT\ServicePackFiles
>
> If found, we may be able to have you run System File Checker.
> --
> Maurice N
> MVP Windows - Shell / User
> ---
> "niece" wrote
> > When I try to use the search feature in Windows XP, I get an error message
> > that reads "Search Assistant is missing a file. You may need to run
> > Setup."
> > The problem is that I can't reinstall it because Windows XP came
> > preinstalled on my PC, and I was not given a CD.
> > There is a hotfix that corrects this problem on the Windows Update site,
> > but
> > it is pre-SP2, so I guess the question is: Is the only way to fix this
> > problem to uninstall SP2, install the hotfix, and reinstall SP2?
> > Thanks for any help!
> >
> > Niece
>
>
>
!