How do you reinstall the Search Companion if it's missing or damage?


When trying to search for files and folders I get a message saying" A component needed to run is missing. Run setup." Setup from where?, XP disk? If it is from the XP disk, will it only reinstall the needed files?


This question was answered on April 21, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This can occur if a file required to run Search Companion is missing or damaged First obtain the latest Service Pack for Windows XP and hot fixes by turning on Automic Updates

1 Click Start, and then click Control Panel

2 Click Performance and Maintenance If the Performance and Maintenance category is not visible, click Switch to Category View (which is located on the upper left side of the panel).

3 Click System

4 Click Automatic Updates, and then select Keep my computer up to date Select a setting Microsoft recommends selecting Automatically download the updates, and install them on the schedule that I specify and setting a daily update time

If you already have Automic Updates turned on and youre sure all the latest updates and hot fixes are installed on your laptop, then you should reinstall the Search Companion Files using your Windows XP CD-ROM by:

1 Logging on to your laptop.

2 Click Start, click Run, type %sytemroot%\if, and then click OK.

3 Locate the Srchasst.inf file.

4 Right-click the Srchasst.inf file, and then click Install

This should reinstall the files that Search Companion uses.

Good Luck

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Posted by Kisha of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 21, 2005