After seven hours of searching and applying various fixes to my own corrupted Windows Search NONE of Which Worked!!!
You "gurus" out there really let me down this time. (I'm telling ya it was worse then finding out about Santa,the Tooth fairy or even the wiz for that matter)
I finally resolved the issue my own dumbass self And having found no fixes/workarounds posted that worked I thought I would post mine.
A brief synopsis.
I ran Registry mechanic to clean up my registry(an ounce of prevention...blah blah blah goes along way. HAH) and somehow corrupted windows search assistant. I got the the classic blank search assistant window as well as help center not running at all. So I followed the instructions for the 3 fixes on the following web page.
None of which resolved my problem.
So more searching, getting nowhere slowly, but gleaming essential info along the way I learned that xml was involved. So I attempted to run any xml page i could find in iexplore/explorer all of which came up blank and each time I received a class not registered error. So my stupidity was all falling to place not only did I unassociate the xml file type I unregistered it as a class. Thats what I get for not reading each registry entry that Registry mechanic was going to fix.
So I tried to register the xml class (I ran regsvr32 msxml3.dll not even sure what exactly msxml3.dll does but at this point an xp reinstall was looming closer and closer and being a firm believer that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose)
if it related to xml I played with it
I reinstalled Java.
Well to be truthfull I did alot of things some of which I am not to proud of... its all just a windows blur at this point because nothing worked and sadly the web wasn't giving this one up.
But I did fix the problem and I hope this helps some other exasperated, perturbed, and potentially homicidal individual
So lets just cut to the chase...
I reinstalled Iexplorer 6 sp1 and low and behold my file search is working though help center isnt.(no big loss...it's windows help center useless useless useless)
now to be explicit i actually used the IE Admin kit and created a profile to install all the IE related apps. Not sure if a plain install from Windows dowload would have worked....I always liked the bazooka approach to life anyways...
I ran the setup it created rebooted and now I can get back to searching for all those bloated temp files that eat up my hardrive faster then Bill can spend his pretty pennys or George W and "DICK" Cheney can erode our constitutional rights.
Hope this helps