Tag Archives: Microsoft Windows

Search Companion missing search box

This contents of this article will not be possible had it not been for “soonerhoosier” of Softwaretipsandtricks.com and “Nikolai Kolev” of Annoyances.org.

My Search Companion only shows the character but no text or search box. Help!

As far as I know, this malfunction can be caused by different software. It may be a game or an anti-virus that has crashed or some other application. I discovered this issue one day on a Windows XP SP3 Operating System and was taken aback by seeing just the character and no search box. After a quick search, the solution was found.

Saving Search Companion

The following are the steps needed to solve this issue. (NB: Click means Left Click and all windows should be closed):

1. Click on Start

2. Click on Run…

3. A box will appear like this one:





4. Type in the following commands one by one, clicking ok and repeating the process from 1. for the remaining two commands.

regsvr32 wshom.ocx
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 urlmon.dll

5. When you have entered your last command, try doing a search. Voila!! the search box is now present.



Search Companion vs Windows Search

These two search aides can be found on any Windows  Operating System (’98 and Up). (On latter versions,Windows Search  is the default search application). Being a child of the late ’80’s , I would spend time playing with the Search Companion Character and it was my best friend for finding files.

Introducing Windows Search

After quite a number of years using Search Companion, I was introduced to Windows Search. Windows Search carried some odd options for the task I wished to carry out. There were various places to search for the file. However it seemed that there was never the right place in the drop down listing and no option to browse further afield. Additionally, it never brought back the kind of results I wished to find.

Search Companion, Found

I felt relieved when a little scroll downwards revealed the saviour of my sanity, my friend, the Search Companion. Quickly manipulating the options, I was able to locate the files I needed and make necessary changes.

Perhaps in time I will grow to understand Windows Search but for the mean time, Search Companion is it.

Setting up New Internet Connection on Windows 7 Home Premium(HP) Part 2

Hey everyone,

I am back and further prepared to deal with setting up an Internet Connection on Windows 7 Home Premium. Welcome to Part 2.

This part covers the setting up of an Internet Connection for an HP Pavilion DV6 3133nr Entertainment Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium.

This article is produced courtesy information found on two websites.

The Basic Steps are these (after plugging in the USB ethernet and receiving the notification stating that the device could not be installed successfully):

  1. Right Click on Computer–> Properties
  2. Click Device Manager
  3. You will notice that there is a driver there with a yellow question mark by it.
  4. Right click that driver and click Update Driver Software
  5. A window will pop up asking how you would like to search for the software.
  6. Click to Search the system Manually
  7. Click to Search the computer for drivers
  8. Look for the Microsoft Corporation under the Manufacturers section
  9. Click it and then click the RNDIS Compatible item.
  10. Click next. (You may receive a notification concerning the driver possibly not being signed) Click Yes to continue.
  11. The driver will begin installing.
  12. A window will pop up stating that the driver has been successfully installed. Click to Exit.
  13. The driver will now show under the Network adapters.

Success Again!!.


Setting up New Internet Connection on Windows 7 Home Premium(HP)

With today’s rate of technology growth you may think that it’ll be easy to just plug and play a  USB internet connection. Think again!!

Today I finally got my Windows 7 HP Dell Laptop (Yes, I still have and continue to use my faithful XP). First step: Internet connection  for updates.

AS with most if not all laptops, there is a wireless card. Unlike some people however, I have to further configure my systems to work with a wired broadband connection.

Events proceeded as follows.
Plugged in USB Connection
Saw the usual pop ups that stated that a new device was found and was in the process of installing
A notification popped up stating that the software was not successfully installed.
Slight pause to figure out what happened.
After some searches and investigation of the other systems configured, the solution became quite clear.
Using a primary connection (The internet jack or RJ-45 jack) successful connection was made.
Updated and registered my AV (Safety First)
Opened Google Chrome and visited the Driver Max website.
Downloaded the Driver Max software from the Cnet link on the Driver Max Page
Installed and registered software.
Plugged in USB Internet Connection to be used
Scan system for drivers.
Searched the listing for the ethernet driver.
Clicked for more versions
Directed to webpage with a digitally signed version of the driver.
Clicked to download driver
Followed on-screen instructions
Installed driver
Right clicked on Computer on Desktop
Clicked the Hardware Tab
Clicked Device Manager
Clicked on the menu button to scan for changes
The wireless icon changed to a monitor type icon with a plug on it.


Hope this will be of some assistance. Feel free to drop me a line



Please note that I was able to use the above steps to get the internet to function on my Dell Laptop. I no longer have the Dell Laptop and I currently possess an HP Pavilion DV6 series. The steps above however, were not working on this system. What did I do? See the solution steps on my next post:Setting up New Internet Connection on Windows 7 Home Premium(HP) Part 2

Firefox 9.0.1

It’s now about 15 hours since I have upgraded to Firefox 9.0.1. Here are my installation pics (Please note that the software belongs to Mozilla and NOT TO ME)

The only issue I continue to have is a conflict with the ZoneAlarm add-on.

According to Mozilla, this version has the following changes:

  1. Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance
  2. Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
  3. Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
  4. Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript
  5. Added support for font-stretch
  6. Improved support for text-overflow
  7. Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
  8. Fixed several stability issues
  9. Fixed several security issues

No major hiccups so far.