FIX Windows Search Service Failed To Start – Windows 8.1

After upgrading to Windows 8.1, the search feature, failed to start giving me the following error: “windows could not start the windows search service on local computer” whenever I tried to start Windows 8.1 Search

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To fix windows could not start the windows search service on local computer this issue follow this guide:

1. Press Windows Key + R and write regedit in Run menu to open registry editor.

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2. When the registry editor appears navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows Search directory in the right pane right click on Setup Completed Succesfuly and click modify.

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3. Now select Hexadecimal value mode and change value data from to and click ok to save your settings.


4. Now again on registry editor go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows Search -> FileChangeClientConfigs, right click on FileChangeClientConfigs and rename it to FileChangeClientConfigsBAK now you can close the registry and restart your computer and try the search service.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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