Thank you bobalazs. I did find where I could changed selected locations. When I chose the programs I most frequently use, the index started rebuilding and the last count was over 200,000 and still counting. I clicked items back off and rebuilt the index and still it does not work. This is so frustrating. I cannot even type "cmd" in the search. Microsoft says to remove a Hkey user file, but I am concerned this person that keeps telling this to people doesn't quite understand the full blown problem. Microsoft also has a hot fix, but it did not fix the problem. Unfortunately, I cannot remember when I started having this problem. I really don't want to re-install win 7.