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The Search Companion window sometimes disappears or comes up empty, making searching difficult or impossible. There are a couple of possible solutions.
My "Search Companion" window comes up empty and I can't search. How do I fix it?
"Search Companion" is the name of the left hand pane that appears in the Search Window under Windows XP when you select Search, For Files or Folders... The name "companion" comes from the animated puppy - your "companion"- that many people turn off immediately.
Sometimes the search companion pane is blank or gone completely, leaving you without a way to search. A couple of things could be going on.
The first thing that may have happened is kind of strange. The search companion pane can be closed by clicking the close control (small X) in its upper right hand corner. Once done, I've not been able to find a way to re-open it! Fortunately closing the Search window, and then selecting Start, Search, and then For Files or Folders re-opens the Search window with the companion pane restored.
That one took me by surprise. However I was also surprised by the other possible source of a problem: jscript.dll.
Apparently if this file is missing, corrupt, or not properly registered with the operating system several dialogs are affected including Search Companion, User Accounts, Windows Update, Help and Support, and System Restore.
Microsoft has provided a knowledgebase article on the topic, creatively titled: Several dialog boxes are blank. This details a couple of methods that should restore the proper functionality.
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