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Windows Server 2012 – Windows Desktop Search is not available

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Hello

This post is not related to SharePoint, however I did not find it anywhere else so I thought it was good to post it.

I just updated my main laptop to Windows Server 2012 and when I installed Office 2010, I got the Outlook error –  ” Windows Desktop Search is not available”.

In Server 2008R2 you had to activate Windows Search from Server Manager > Roles >  File server.

However, in Server 2012 they put the Windows Search in Server Manager> Features > Windows Search.

You just install the Feature, restart Outlook and it’s fixed.

Say Thanks if it helped 🙂

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27 Comments

  • October 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Anonymous

    Thanks! It helped! I did need a restart of the system before it worked though.

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  • October 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Youre Welcome 🙂

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  • February 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks !

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  • March 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks!!

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  • July 10, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    Meher

    Thanks………………

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  • August 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    Nate Teague

    Thanks, had been wondering what happened, never thought to look there

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  • October 27, 2013 at 9:05 am
    Vadim

    Thanks dude! Googling I found this resource easier than any of MS help pages… Do they even describe this anywhere?

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    • October 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks! I am not even sure there is documentation on it.. I found it out the hard way

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  • October 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Paul

    Now working good.

    Thanks

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  • December 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    Leon

    thnx ;)!

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  • February 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Thanks, helped me out here!

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  • February 26, 2014 at 4:45 am
    Omar

    Thanks Man 🙂

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  • May 4, 2014 at 4:44 am
    PC

    Thanks..

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  • June 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    Pushkar

    Thanks!

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  • June 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    Pushkar

    I know you said you’re using a laptop with server 2012, but do you also have a desktop with the same OS? If yes, are you having trouble with audio output from front jacks? If yes, and if you fixed it, could you please share the steps with me?

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    • June 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Hey,

      I don’t have a desktop with Windows Server 2012 as OS :(. Did you install the drivers as well as enable the “desktop experience” feature and the audio one?

      Thanks!

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    • February 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm
      The Toad

      @Pushkar: I _do_ have a laptop running 2012 server. Most brands don’t technically support 2012 on a laptop, but you can use just about any of the Vista x64 drivers (for the most part). My audio works. Make sure you go to control panel and check the audio. IIRC, by default the audio service is NOT turned on. Clicking audio in control panel will allow you to change that setting. Good luck!

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  • November 1, 2014 at 4:59 am
    zafar

    Thanks Dude…
    It Worked for Me.

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  • November 20, 2014 at 7:51 am
    Williamq

    Thank you kindly for this post. It helped and made life a whole lot quicker.

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  • November 28, 2014 at 3:04 am
    Zerocoolback

    Thanks. it worked for me 🙂 🙂

    Reply
  • December 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    JIll

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • December 4, 2015 at 1:39 am
    Jonas

    Thanks man

    Reply
  • December 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm
    Blaine

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • March 11, 2016 at 10:22 am
    Maurice

    Thanks, you da man

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  • January 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
    Johny Why

    If you don’t use Windows Search, you can remove windows search from your outlook. Go to Outlook File menu > Options > Add-ins > Manage COM Add-ins GO > UNcheck Microsoft Outlook Social Connector.

    Reply

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