Fix Windows 7 Start Menu Search Problem

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on January 2, 2010



Windows 7 start menu search has some problems with displaying search results properly in some cases. It displays the the search category and does not display the search items properly under those categories.


The above picture shows the correct way of results, but in case your copy of Windows 7 has this problem, then you will see categories like Programs, Control Panel and the items under these headings will be missing. I will tell you how you can fix this issue through Windows registry change / hotfix installation.


Fix Windows 7 Search By Installing Hotfix


There is a windows 7 update hotfix for the search issue which can fix this issue, you need to download and Install this Hotfix from Microsoft. Restart your computer and this problem will be fixed.


Fix Windows 7 Search By Registry Changes


You can also fix it by registry change if you can not download the hotfix for some reason.


1. Press “Windows Key + R” together to launch run prompt. Type “regedit” and press ok.



2. If this displays a UAC notification like one below, press OK


3. Navigate to the key :



4. Right click and delete the above sub-key:


5. Restart the computer.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Jovan April 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

when i search i get nothing it is blank

Amber May 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

hey dude theres no folder types on my pc just fileexst

OppfinnarJocke June 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

You think teh top picture shows the “the correct way of results”? I disagree… “Nero Home [English Help]” is not a “program” to me. Programs are executables, nothing else; exe, cmd, bat, those are “programs” for me. My W7x64 pro lists even pdf’s as “programs”. I think this is dysfunctional…

Diego July 15, 2010 at 5:09 am

It worked, thanks!

Bob September 25, 2010 at 7:39 am

My fix was to uninstall McAfee Security software then rebuild the index. Search works fine now.

Kevin Hubilla October 28, 2010 at 6:50 am

Deleting the registry item works 😀 Thank you

Nick B December 3, 2010 at 7:35 am

I had the no search results problem, it’s a customization option that randomly got deselected…
right click on your start menu button and go to properties.
go to the start menu tab
click on customize
scroll down to the bottom and make sure that “search programs and control panel” is selected.
you can also tell it to “search other files and libraries”

Neel March 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Strongly agree with Nick B :)

Mord March 10, 2011 at 3:57 am

WOW! thanks! the “Fix Windows 7 Search By Registry Changes” worked for me

Nick H. March 11, 2011 at 1:01 am

If you happen to have Windows 7 Starter, instead of doing all this. Just press the windows button and search “Windows Features” then select “Turn windows features on or off”. Go down to windows search, deselect it then reselect it. If it is unselected then just select it. Works for Windows 7 basic and any version.

D.D. June 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

So, when is Microsoft gonna start making stuff that works instead of making us spend hours researching and turning their half-assed attempts into a workable OS? Isn’t it their job to make these things work?

Akira August 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

Hi guys, I’m running Windows 7 x64 Pro. There is no FolderType in my registry, so I can’t delete the key. And both the “search programs and control panel” and “search other files and libraries” are already selected as Nick suggested. I don’t have McAfee. My Antivirus is AVG and SuperAntiSpyware.

Windows still won’t display search results in the Start Menu nor normal windows explorer.

Please help.

alex ongel August 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

i dont have {ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6} folder in that place what do i do

billybob November 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm

holy ****, THANK YOU Nick B, you’re the man! I bow to you my hero!

sumit November 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

nice it worked for me…….

George Georgiev January 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for the fix man, had tried everything there was on the web, and in the end only this worked

By the way, step 3 is easy to overlook if you just look at the picture, so everyone, make sure you do this:
Navigate to:

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