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# Sunday, 04 June 2006

I ran into an odd problem the other day that I figured I'd blog for any other poor souls stricken with the same enigma.  Without going into the details of why I was trying to setup the indexing service on my Windows XP SP2 box, I found that when I tried to get into it from MMC (Computer Management), it would give me an error when I tried to expand the Services and Applications node saying that it failed to initialize the snap-in for the indexing service.

Searching on various combinations of the error message really didn't help, on Google or MS.  Everything appeared to be in order (the service acted like it was running) except that it wouldn't run the snap-in, and when I looked at the Windows Components tab in Add/Remove Programs, it showed that Indexing Service was unchecked.  Even if I checked it and clicked next (at which point it'd act like it was installing and configuring it, it would still show up as unchecked.

I had also noticed in recent days that I'd occasionally get one of those application crashed, do you want to debug messages about this SearchFilterHost.exe app.  When I first got the message, nothing came up for it on Google.  When I searched again on Friday, I found a few indicating that it was part of Office 2007 Beta 2, which I've been running since the day it was released, more or less.  I had kind of assumed that, but I just ignored the error and moved on.

Well, those two things gelled in my mind to suggest that maybe it was something with Office 2007 Beta 2 that was hosing up the Indexing Service.  More specifically, I suspected it had to do with the Windows Desktop Search that Outlook and OneNote 2007 prompt you to install.  On this hunch, I uninstalled the desktop search, and voila, my Indexing Service snap-in worked again, as did the program I was running that wanted to use it.

So the moral is that if you're having odd issues with Indexing Service, this is one thing you'll want to try.  It worked for me.  Now, I wish I could run the desktop search to optimize searching in Office.  I logged a bug on the beta site, but I figure my problem is probably just odd enough as to not be reproducible. :)  We'll see...

Sunday, 04 June 2006 20:40:25 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [9]  | 
Friday, 09 June 2006 13:21:21 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I had the same problem and arrived at the same solution.
Wednesday, 14 June 2006 06:53:48 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I just rebuild my tablet and after installing the search 3.0 update for Office 2007, I got the same error.
Wednesday, 14 June 2006 18:26:07 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Same thing happened to me. I think this is a glitch in the new beta. I suspect everyone is having this issue.
Thursday, 15 June 2006 13:59:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Not unusual at all. Happened to me too.
Wednesday, 21 June 2006 12:57:55 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I just received the same error. I've been using the 2007 beta for a few weeks now, but recently installed IIS then got the msg when I went to configure IIS using the Computer Management Console. I, like you, search Microsoft and Google for the error and got no info. then I found your post. thank you for that. I figured something got screwed up during the IIS installation, but couldn't fix it even with uninstalling and reinstalling. Now that I know its due to the desktop search that was installed with office 2007, I can forget about it! what the hell do I need the indexing service snap-in for anyway. I'd rather have the better office search capabilities.
Saturday, 24 June 2006 15:25:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
It's the same also in Milan... :-)
Office2k7b2, xp, wds etc etc..
Thank you guys...
We are not alone.... ehehe
Saturday, 24 June 2006 16:03:00 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
FYI, Microsoft has replied to my bug report and said that they are working on a fix probably for the next release of desktop search.
Friday, 30 June 2006 00:02:11 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Yup same problem, again, came to the same conclusions as you (I kinda assumed desktop search office 2k7 wants supplants the indexing service)
Friday, 30 June 2006 10:00:34 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Having the same problem here. Thanks for the suggestion as to how to fix the problem...
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