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  • Question

  • Windows XP has a known issue for not finding a number of File Types when you do a Search for Files "containing text" or using the "A word or phrase in the file" option.  how do i eliminate it

    Monday, May 28, 2007 7:56 AM

Answers

  • This can be remedied for many file types, but not all.  The cause is the lack of a PersistentHandler value in the Registry for this type of file.

    You can correct this by clicking Start, Run and entering REGEDIT   Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and locating the entry for the file type in question.  For example, .txt, .adm, .asp.  Expand the branch for that file type, and if the PersistentHandler subkey does not exist, create it.  Do this by clicking on the file extension key and going to Edit, New, Key.  Name the Key, PersistentHandler.   Click on the PersistentHandler sub-key.  In Regedit's right pane, double click on the Default value and enter the following (copy and paste may be your best bet):

        {5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}

    If the PersistentHandler sub-key does exist, do not change the default value.  This could have very undesired consequences.

    Close Regedit and reboot the computer.  This file type will now be searched for "A word or phrase in the file" type searches.

    Monday, May 28, 2007 8:33 AM

All replies

  • This can be remedied for many file types, but not all.  The cause is the lack of a PersistentHandler value in the Registry for this type of file.

    You can correct this by clicking Start, Run and entering REGEDIT   Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and locating the entry for the file type in question.  For example, .txt, .adm, .asp.  Expand the branch for that file type, and if the PersistentHandler subkey does not exist, create it.  Do this by clicking on the file extension key and going to Edit, New, Key.  Name the Key, PersistentHandler.   Click on the PersistentHandler sub-key.  In Regedit's right pane, double click on the Default value and enter the following (copy and paste may be your best bet):

        {5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}

    If the PersistentHandler sub-key does exist, do not change the default value.  This could have very undesired consequences.

    Close Regedit and reboot the computer.  This file type will now be searched for "A word or phrase in the file" type searches.

    Monday, May 28, 2007 8:33 AM
  • forget windows xp search problems, try  the windows vista search...its awesome...
    Monday, May 28, 2007 1:01 PM
  • anoop be sensible ,,,,,,,,what rajnikanth asked is in XP not VISTA
    Monday, May 28, 2007 1:45 PM