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Unable to set the Windows 7 search index location

By wyndham ·
After performing a partition merge I discovered that I am unable to set the Windows 7 search index location.

What seems to have happened is that the "disappearance" of the partition where the search index had been stored has caused Windows to "lose" the index location. What I mean is that the dialogue box that usually shows the index location, and where one would normally go about setting a new location, is blank.

(My fault I know. I had assumed I would be able to set the new location and didn't realise that Windows would object to the disappearance of the drive by removing the existing location.)

The following screenshot illustrates https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=0a3c5864e84dcfb7&resid=A3C5864E84DCFB7!248&parid=A3C5864E84DCFB7!214&authkey=!AB0LTOi0DCmsjH4

The "Select new" option is greyed out, and it is not possible to start the indexing service - presumably because there is no index. Following the troubling shooting steps doesn't help either (as it fails on the step to start the indexing service).

Any ideas? I am hoping someone will know which registry entry I can set up or change. I did look but couldn't find anything that looked relevant and didn't want to change anything based on guess work.

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Update - Microsoft FixIt

by wyndham In reply to Unable to set the Windows ...

I tried Microsoft's FixIt which also failed to resolve the problem.

Screenshot provides more info https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=0a3c5864e84dcfb7&resid=A3C5864E84DCFB7!249&parid=A3C5864E84DCFB7!214

I have also found the relevant event logs and include two examples here:

The Event Logs report

The gatherer service cannot be initialized.

The Temp folder is on a drive that is full or is inaccessible. Free up space on the drive or verify that you have write permission on the Temp folder. (HRESULT : 0x80070660) (0x80070660)

and Event 7023

The Windows Search service terminated with the following error:
The system cannot find the path specified.

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