Could you please confirm if we If on searching , you get a message : Search Failed to Initialize.? Or any other ?
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Have had the same problem for quite some time now, only just this morning found McAfee's AntiVirus Plus to be the culprit.
As you say, it's reproducible. I chatted online with a couple McAfee people for a while today and they're reluctant to come out and say definitely there's a Win 7 64-bit issue, but after a while it appeared they knew something about it. They'll call me back this evening, but unless they have a fix I'm not willing to put more time into this. I like McAfee, have been a customer since 1997, so it's not personal.
If you search on McAfee "AntiVirus Plus" and "Windows 7" 64-bit you'll find that we're not alone. It appears only recently that the indexing problem was identified, however. I posted a detailed account on the forums at social.answers.microsoft.com under Windows > Windows Forums > Windows 7 Forums > Files, Folders, and Search > "Windows 7 Search Does Not Work - Only Indexes several items then stops."
In my case I can also say for certain that uninstalling AVP solved an annoying iTunes problem I've had, namely, every time I start iTunes it goes through the initial setup routine. I tried the different solutions suggested on the Web, none worked, but it's fine now.
More recently, I've been experiencing total system crashes (blue screen) and while I can't say AVP was the cause, the nature of the errors resulting in the system crashes would suggest they're related.
It sounds like you're having the indexing problem with 32-bit Win 7. Is that so? I can check at a client site later but am curious.
I hope McAfee can fix the product soon. I won't wait long w/o virus etc. protection.