[Solved] Windows 7 Start Menu Search Missing

by Rohit Khurana on April 25, 2010


Windows 7 is becoming more popular day by day for its speed, nice graphics and better performance compared to Windows Vista. I have been using Windows 7 for a few months now and don’t feel like booting into my Windows Vista laptop anymore. One of our readers sent us a problem related to Windows 7:

Search Box Is Missing From Start My Windows 7 Menu

This is not a very common problem to see, but it looks more like a Windows component missing. In this article I will share with you a method to bring back the missing search option to Windows 7 Start Menu. We have already written a similar tutorial for Windows XP Search Option missing.

Windows 7 start menu search option missing

The most common reason for this is removal of Windows Search component from Windows feature. This may happen due to some software installation which disabled the feature, or it may also be because of the Windows Search Service being disabled or stopped by some software or malware. In case you suspect a malware, run a malware scan with MBAM tool.


To solve this problem, you need to do two things, first see whether the service is running or not, if not, restart the “Windows Search” Service, second thing is See if the “Windows Search” is properly installed or not. I will detail both of these below:


Restart Windows Search Service


1. Press “Windows + R” key together for Run Prompt and type “services.msc”, click OK.

run windows services management

2. This will open the Windows Service Management Window. Scroll down and locate “Windows Search”. Right click on “Windows Search” service and click Restart.


restart windows search service

If you are not able to locate this service, see the next section to Install Windows Search Component.


Install Missing Windows Search Component


It may also happen that Windows Search component is not installed or has been uninstalled from your computer because of some reason. To install Window search:

1. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features

windows 7 programs and features

2. Click on “Turn Windows features on or off” link on the left hand pane as highlighted in image below.

turn windows features on and off

3.On the Windows Features Window, scroll Down to “Windows Search”, check the box if it is unchecked and click OK.

Install Windows 7 Search Option

This will install the Windows Search feature if it was missing or uninstalled. Just restart your computer and check the start menu, the search option on the start menu should be back.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Mass8 May 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

My problem is that the recent program that i use not appear in start menu, why? The setting are ok

Arimmus August 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Mine is missing from the services completely. I had it when i first put windows 7 on the computer, installed my anti-virus program (AVG) and then POOF. Missing. I try to use the programs and features thing and it creates an error. I tried to install windows 7 again on a partition and find all the files that go along with it, and I cannot seem to get them all. I don’t know what happened but nothing seems to work for me. Microsoft says It is something I did and not their fault and they have no help for me at all. I have tried this method and many others like it. I am running windows 7 ultimate 64.

Bilal Ahmed August 9, 2010 at 7:27 am

Im facing the same problem, serch box disappered as i installed Microsoft Office 2010, I will check your tips

Ida May 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I went to Program and Features and the Search IS on, but I simply can’t locate it in Windows Service Management Window. This is seriously annoying because I need to search for my school’s printer before my exams.. Hate Windows.

pm May 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

my is missing from services too

dynz June 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

i cant find the windows search in services(local)why is that????please answer me…

mworld June 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for the article, it solved my laptop error. that’s cool.

m August 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

thanks! this did the trick.

muhammad nadeem August 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

thank u

NIkhil August 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

i cant find the windows search in services(local) plzzzzzzzzzzzzz guide me buddy

Raj December 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Thanks a Lot

Ajay April 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thank you Buddy,,. it worked.

V.AJAY June 15, 2012 at 10:14 am


Mantas December 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

It’s not helped to me, probably I reinstall windows..

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