Search is broken on Windows 2008 R2

The ability to search for anything on one of my Windows 2008 R2 servers has, for reasons unknown, stopped working.

For example I can't search for anything via the Start Menu:

Search is broken on Windows 2008 R2

Clicking "See more results" displays this error dialogue:

Search is broken on Windows 2008 R2

I can't search for files or folders in Explorer (there's no network drives, just a C: drive). All that happens is the search term is displayed in the explorer window title bar (see red highlights):

Search is broken on Windows 2008 R2

And most annoyingly, I also can't search for specific installed updates. Again all that happens is the search term is repeated in the window title bar:

Search is broken on Windows 2008 R2

This isn't because the Windows Search feature isn't installed. My other Windows 2008 R2 servers don't have that installed either but their search widgets work just fine.

I did bump into this hotfix:

The "Search programs and files" box does not display search results correctly in Windows 7 and in Windows 2008 R2 (KB977380)

But when I try to install it I'm told that:

The update is not applicable to your computer.

How do I get search working again on this server?

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Category: windows Time: 2016-07-28 Views: 0

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