Microsoft Outlook Search is Not Working : Resolved

I had Outlook 2010 and I was not able to search any email using search box. Whenever I used to click on search box provided in Outlook, Search toolbar area got grayed out. Even if I tried to search email by putting criteria manually, it didn’t work out for me. Search functionality is the backbone of any system where tons of information is stored.

To fix this issue always look for below options one by one.

1. File > Options. Now in right hand section of ‘Outlook Options‘, click on ‘Search‘.

2. Click on ‘Indexing Options…‘ button. Start indexing your email, so that they could show up in search.

What if ‘Indexing Options…’ is grayed out?

  1. Click on Start > Run in your windows. Or you can press ‘window key + R‘ keys combination.
  2. Type ‘Services.msc‘ and hit enter.
  3. Inside Services console, Select ‘Windows Service‘ and check whether it’s stop or not. If it’s stopped then start the service.
  4. If this service is disabled then first enable this service (Right click the service and then click on Properties. Under General tab, change the option to ‘Automatic‘ in Startup type. Click Ok and then start the service.)
  5. Now check the ‘Indexing Options…’ This should worked now.

 Still have issues. More places to look in to fix this issue.

  1. Click on Start > Control Panel.
  2. Open Programs and Features.
  3. Now click on ‘Turn Windows features on or off‘ (Resides in left hand side of window.)
  4. Check whether ‘Windows Search‘ check box is marked. If not then mark it and click Ok.
  5. After completing this, you can follow above steps to run the Windows Search.
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Deleting EXE Files in Windows 7 : Resolved

If you are working with Windows 7, you must face below mentioned problems while deleting .exe files.

  1. Like if you delete an exe file directly then it disappears and seems like deleted, but when you refresh the folder by pressing F5 then it appears again.
  2. You are deleting a folder and that folder is not getting delete as there is an exe file inside that folder.

Initially I thought of that there is a virus in the system but after scanning the whole system 2-3 times with different antivirus program, I found that there is no such virus in the system. So what’s the root cause of this problem?

I thought that, might be these exe are running somewhere but after checking task manager I couldn’t found anything specific. So I conclude that here must be some service that is locking the application and service is not necessarily using these exe but just holding them. So I opened service console to examine same. After checking Services console I found that there is a service ‘Application Experience‘ that is responsible to process application compatibility cache requests for applications as they are launched was DISABLED. I simply enabled this service and start the service. And now I can delete exe files and folders smoothly.

Till now i tested this only on Windows 7 OS but it should work on VISTA and related windows os.

Cheers !