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    Win XP - Search gives "Parser Error"

    Most times when I do a search for a file on my hard drive, I get a pop-up saying there is a "parser error". Then search just continues.
    (Of course, when I tried to reproduce it just now, to give exact message, did not get error )
    OK.. re-booted & on file search get this message:

    Error Parsing C:\I386\config\machine.config
    error 0x8007003

    BTW... there is no config subdirectory in the I386 folder!

    It's not destructive, just an annoying thing I've never seen on any other machine. Has been going on for over a year, no idea when or why it started.

    Anyone with any CLUE??
    Last edited by rrappel; August 11th, 2004 at 14:41 PM.

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    http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6142-0....ssageID=254502

    Take a look there. Fixes range from running sfc /scannow at the run prompt, to disabling indexed searches.

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    THANKS!

    Funny, after I posted, did exactly what one of the guys at CNET did...
    Looked closely at the error message, and finding no such subdirectory
    or file, added the subdirectory the message quoted, and an empty
    text file "machine.config". Solved the problem.
    ....BTW.. have long since disabled indexing service, who needs the
    hard drive churning all the tie?

    Post from CNET:
    SFC /scannow ran fine per information on Link but didn't help. Did not try disabling indexing service. Went to erroe message pointer C:\WINDOWS\system32\URTTemp\config\machine.config and found no machine.config and no folder (config) preceeding it so tried just putting in the config folder and leaving it empty and so for the error message has not returned. Thanks for the suggestions. They got me out of my rut and thinking in a new direction and it seems to have worked

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    Glad you got it sorted out. Welcome to TZ.

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