I have restarted my windows 7 ultimate x32 OS for couple of times and i still cannot see searchbox in my start menu. I searched it little bit and i applied this solution but it still doesn't appear.

Right click on the task bar and select properties, click on the start menu tab and then click on customize. At the bottom you'll see a button that says default settings, click that and it'll set everything in the start menu back to default.

How can i fix it?

This is my start menu:

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And this is how it suppose to be:

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  • Its very likely a program you installed removed the functionality. I would use your restore points to figure out what program that is.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 8, 2013 at 11:55
  • hi, thanks for reply. it was ok yesterday when i left the office. But when i came back in morning searchbox was gone. The computer is used for software test operations but nothing installed in last 2 days. Only interactions with a possible new program was running some binaries which was run before. And i didn't see any problem earlier
    – t1w
    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:25
  • So this is a company pc...Why don't you just restore its default configuration from a backup?
    – Ramhound
    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:33
  • @Ramhound , i did and it still not working
    – t1w
    Feb 8, 2013 at 13:05
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    If this is a work pc, then it might be a Group Policy, talk to your system admins. It might be accidental or on purpose!
    – cjb110
    Feb 8, 2013 at 13:51

1 Answer 1


Someone (or something) must have disabled the Windows Search feature on you PC.

To enable it back, do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Find Programs and Features enter image description here

  3. In the left panel look for Turn Windows features On or Offenter image description here

  4. Scroll down the list and look for Windows Search and check the boxenter image description here

  5. Click OK and then Yes on the Windowenter image description here

  6. Restart to complete the change and you should find the Search on Start menu

  • All i see is "Internet Explorer 9" in the list
    – t1w
    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:48
  • @TimurAykutYıldırım Open up command-prompt and type sfc.exe /scannow. Try the steps I mentioned again after the scan is complete.
    – Afzal
    Feb 8, 2013 at 13:20
  • it asks me to type command number? :s
    – t1w
    Feb 11, 2013 at 7:28
  • Weird. Can you upload a screenshot of what you get?
    – Afzal
    Feb 11, 2013 at 15:06
  • Hi, instead of strugling eith that i format the computer :D but thanks for your help :)
    – t1w
    Feb 13, 2013 at 8:01

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