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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
if you click the start button then start typing and hit enter it does a search, if you type CMD it will launch the Command line box etc. However mine doesnt do that nany more, so ive inadvertantly changed a setting somewhere.. what have i done and how can i make it better :P
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Open explorer ( Windows E )
click on " Organise " top left
click on " folder and search options"
click search tab
restore defaults
#2
tonyg1962
Open explorer ( Windows E )
click on " Organise " top left
click on " folder and search options"
click search tab
restore defaults


nope didnt work.

when i type CMD it still does a search for it instead of launching the command line :/
Have some rep anyway for the help :P
#3
what does it do now? does it say start search?
#4
it pops up with a window having just searched for the term CMD rather than opening the command line as it used to
#5
When you click on windows does the search box say " search programmes and files " ?
#6
tonyg1962
When you click on windows does the search box say " search programmes and files " ?


if i click the start button it just says start search in the box.
#7
Assuming nothing works it sounds like your path environment variable has gotten messed up, it's under the advanced tab of advanced system settings in vista. Hit environment variables and then check what the path one in the system variables section is set to, it should be something like: %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%; with a load of other stuff afterwards added by badly behaved programs.
#8
EndlessWaves
Assuming nothing works it sounds like your path environment variable has gotten messed up, it's under the advanced tab of advanced system settings in vista. Hit environment variables and then check what the path one in the system variables section is set to, it should be something like: %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%; with a load of other stuff afterwards added by badly behaved programs.


where in the system variables?
im seeing several entries. The one labled path has the entry set as:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTSystem\
banned#9
this is how it has always worked for me (it is a search option after all).

you have to ckick RUN, then type CMD
#10
Not exactly what you asked but this may be easier:

Start
All programs
Accessories
Command prompt
Right click and you can pin this to the Quick Launch or Start menu.


Gets round the problem, but doesn't fix exactly what you asked.:thumbsup:
#11
csiman
this is how it has always worked for me (it is a search option after all).

you have to ckick RUN, then type CMD


in vista there is a quick launch feature with the start menu, it acts as a sudo run box, so if you type CMD it pops up with the command prompt, Notepad will pop up with notepad etc.

and its irritating its not working!

any more ideas?
#12
Any chance the Windows Search service has been disabled? Right click My Computer - Manage - Services and Applications - Services - Windows Search. Even if it's not disabled, try restarting it...see if that works.
#13
gaanja
Any chance the Windows Search service has been disabled? Right click My Computer - Manage - Services and Applications - Services - Windows Search. Even if it's not disabled, try restarting it...see if that works.


thanks :) i will try that when i get home.
#14
Mine has always acted the way yours acts now, so that maybe the default, hence restoring defaults not sorting it.

I type in cmd then just hit enter, its only an extra keystroke, but will be interested to see if you can work out the problem, I wouldn't mind mine running straight away.
banned#15
ChipSticks;7188453
Mine has always acted the way yours acts now, so that maybe the default, hence restoring defaults not sorting it.

I type in cmd then just hit enter, its only an extra keystroke, but will be interested to see if you can work out the problem, I wouldn't mind mine running straight away.

no - his doesnt work like yours at all. He wants it to though.

Cant see what wrong with just pinning it to the start menu myself. Only 2 clicks to run it then and no typing
#16
gaanja
Any chance the Windows Search service has been disabled? Right click My Computer - Manage - Services and Applications - Services - Windows Search. Even if it's not disabled, try restarting it...see if that works.


Nope that didnt work :(

csiman
no - his doesnt work like yours at all. He wants it to though.

Cant see what wrong with just pinning it to the start menu myself. Only 2 clicks to run it then and no typing


its not just CMD i launch this way, i launch a load of other apps as well, its just very convenient and i want it working again! *throws toys out of pram*

any other ideas?
#17
Does a standard run box (Win+R) still work correctly?
#18
Johnmcl7
Does a standard run box (Win+R) still work correctly?


yep that pops up and runs just fine
banned#19
google group policy restrictions. probably set something to prevent access in this manner
#20
worked it out! i had search programs unchecked in the start menu options for some reason!

thanks for the help everyone!
#21
Good one. Will remember the fix for future!

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