The "Search programs and files" box does not display search results correctly in Windows 7 and in Windows 2008 R2

A few days ago the search box on my Windows 7 start menu mysteriously stopped working. If I typed anything in the box the search always returns group headers for items (like Programs, Files, Microsoft Outlook, etc ) but not the items themselves.

Took my a while to find the solution on the net, so I thought I shared the solution and give some thanks to a few peoples.

First, a special thanks to Chris DeLashmutt who blogged about this problem and the solution I used.

Also, big thanks to Bobby Mikkelson who wrote a detailed solution.

There is also an Hotfix for that problem at Microsoft (kb977380).

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