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Event ID 7011 — Windows Search

Updated: January 27, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

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The Windows Search service indexes information about the contents of your hard disk to facilitate your searches, making them much faster and more accurate.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 7011
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Search
Version: 6.0
Symbolic Name: EVENT_INDEXER_INVALID_DIRECTORY
Message: Directory location <%2> is invalid. The application configuration cannot be read. Reinstall the application.%1

Resolve

Reinstall Indexing Service

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To reinstall Indexing Service:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Classic View of the Control panel, double-click Programs and Features.
  3. In the left pane, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  5. Clear the Indexing Service check box, and then click OK.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart Now.
  7. After the computer restarts, click Start and then click Control Panel.
  8. Double-click Programs and Features.
  9. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  10. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  11. Select the Indexing Service check box, and then click OK.
  12. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart Now.

Verify

To verify that files are being indexed:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type notepad.exe. Notepad should open.
  3. Type an unusual keyword or phrase in the new document, and then save the file to your My Documents directory or to another directory that is being indexed.
  4. Click Start, and then type your new keyword or phrase in the Search box. The file you created using Notepad should appear in the Search Results window.

Related Management Information

Windows Search

File Services

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