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Search Programs And Files Function Is Not Working


My windows 7's "search programs and files" function is no longer working. When i type "notepad" for example on the windows 7's "search programs and files" field and press enter, nothing happens. It's same when i open my "computer" windows and try to "search computer", i got nothing. I have tried to turn off "windows search" and turn on again from control panel, programs. It didn't help. If any one knows the issue.

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