Runnning Windows Xp Pro / Select Search To Look For Files And Folders It Hangs / Doesn't Work

Jul 20, 2005

I need some help. I'm running windows xp pro w/SP2. Everytime I select search to look for files/folders it hangs. It doesn't work. Is there a fix for this?

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