msconfig and cmd 'no items match your search'

If typing a command (such as msconfig or cmd) into the Search box of Windows Vista or 7 Start Menu only results in

'No items match your search'

Then there are a few things to try.

Firstly, see if you have Windows Desktop Search installed. If it was, uninstall it.

Your computer may or may not be infected with a virus. Alternately, the computer has been infected with a virus in the past, has been disinfected, but some system file associations were not repaired properly.


One of the solutions is to enable "Run..." in the Start Menu, from the Start Menu Properties.

The second solution is to start the command prompt first, and then type in your command (such as msconfig).


If your computer is showing other different, weird, or unexpected behavior, then bring it to a master computer technician. Be aware that the underpaid (or abused for free) friend who is "into computers" may be more helpful to you in this instance than overpriced commercial computer repair service. Get a friend to look at your computer, and reimburse him for his time.

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