One of the the really nice things in Windows 7 (and Vista) is the way that the Search box works on the start menu: i.e. open the start menu, type stuff 'til you get what you need, hit enter...
Its stopped working properly on my principal box.
If I type a file path (e.g. c:\data) it works exactly as you'd expect, listing matching folders.
If I type an application name (e.g. excel) instead of the link to Excel appearing I get a blank icon and "Programs". Similarly for files I know to have been previously indexed/remembered by the system and indeed anything that isn't a file. The most obvious other "broken" element is urls - normally if one types www.google.com or http://superuser.com then hitting enter will launch the browser. Now I get nothing (hitting enter has no effect).
I'm at a complete loss here as to where even to begin to look to sort this out (which is scary 'cos I'm supposed to know what I'm doing).