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Search Companion Issues: Read the issues the apply accordingly
Search does not work when not connected to the Internet
The file that is missing is BAR.XSL (Windows\srchasst\mui\0409\bar.xsl This
file may be locally cached in the Temporary Internet Files, so this may
explain why some users have this problem "intermittently".
Here are 2 fixes. Both require access to the Win XP CD (or copy of the files
in the I386 folder.
1) Click Start, Run and enter CMD Then enter the following command
where X is your CD drive letter.
EXPAND -r X:\I386\BAR.XS_ C:\Windows\srchasst\mui\0409
(if you're using a copy of the I386 files, then change the path above to
point to that location. Additionally, if the Windows Folder is not on your
C: drive, change the command line accordingly).
2) Open Explorer and go to Windows\Inf. Locate the srchasst.inf file.
Right click it and select Install. You'll need your XP CD or the files from
the I386 folder.
Error: "A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You
may need to run setup".
Here are two fixes.
Fix #1) Right click on each of the links below and select Save Target As.
Save the files to \Windows\srchasst\mui\0409 folder.
The Windows\Inf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer
Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders.
Fix #2) Open Explorer and go to the Windows\Inf folder. Locate the
srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install. You'll ned your XP CD
or the files from the I386 folder. (This fix will require you to have your
Win XP CD).
Again, the Windows\Inf folder is a hidden folder. You may need to adjust
your Windows Explorer options to show hidden files and folders. You can
also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%\Inf to open directly to the Inf
Search Companion does not work:
Option 1. Depending on your version of TweakUI, run it, go to the Desktop
settings and put the check mark back in Search Results.
Option 2. If you don't have TweakUI installed, or this option isn't
available in your version, copy and paste the following lines into a Notepad
file and save the file with an REG extension. Make sure to add a blank line
at the end of the file.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="Search Results Folder"
Locate the file you just saved and double click it. Answer yes to the
Option 3: If manually editing the Registry is not to your liking, visit the
web site at www.dougknox.com
and visit the Windows XP section. In Tweaks
and Fixes, follow the link for Fix Windows XP Search (error) and follow the