Friday, March 4, 2011

Windows cannot find 'search:query=cmd"

Problem:  you go to Start and in the search field you enter the name of some system tool (cmd, run, regedit, etc.) and you get the error "Windows cannot find 'search:query=(whatever you wish to run)".  Other searches seem to run okay, as long as its not a system file.

The indexing service is running and restarting the computer doesn't seem to fix it.  After much trial and error, I was able to fix the root of several problems by running this Microsoft Fixit solution:  KB886549.

I only list this on my blog because the article doesn't directly claim to fix the search:query= error, so I am happy to bring it to everyone's attention.


  1. I don't know how did KB886549 work on your PC, but I think this post will work, too, actually it worked on my windows 7.

  2. no, this doesn't fix the search:query= error