Search.admx Informations - Download and Fix

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing Search.admx files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent Search.admx file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

Search.admx file Windows Group Policy Language-neutral. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of Search.admx related errors on your device. You can also download Search.admx file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename Search.admx
File extension ADMX
Type System
Description Windows Group Policy Language-neutral
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 57552
Oldest file 2009-04-11
MIME type application/xml

There are various types of errors related to Search.admx file. Search.admx file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to Search.admx file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • Search.admx is corrupted
  • Search.admx cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - Search.admx
  • Search.admx file error
  • Search.admx file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register Search.admx file:
  • Search.admx file could not be loaded
  • Search.admx file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because Search.admx file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to Search.admx can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing Search.admx file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

Search.admx file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with Search.admx file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to Search.admx file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of Search.admx or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to Search.admx file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the Search.admx file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the Search.admx file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the Search.admx file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace Search.admx file

The last solution is to manually download and replace Search.admx file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded Search.admx file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of Search.admx file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\

If the steps did not solve your Search.admx file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

Filename Search.admx
System Windows 10
File size 57552 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 afa3a01fed19a93b1912af236c886af9
SHA1 414178e1cabb8c5dd70415ed0b3df005a7045786
SHA256 e048c10999de36a0d3663c5275080d5103bfab04103d9f822bd065743f0a55af
CRC32 ce340c00
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename Search.admx
System Windows 8.1
File size 53952 bytes
Date 2013-06-18
File details
MD5 a51ffc7bb1fb8fddbdb5ebdc6c0f6ad5
SHA1 d26e5e89bba0e9ca74d6488256526fa9dee95d17
SHA256 1dc630b032f04c7bbb3b5d57b3a38b41ee9a7c380aa03bfde635187ca0a2226a
CRC32 e76ddeab
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename Search.admx
System Windows 8
File size 46132 bytes
Date 2012-06-02
File details
MD5 8025256d2af9ffb6c7bd8c2c89130e57
SHA1 367e1194a63ee882c5c1a648bf2f5c0d52a1b586
SHA256 afcb864ef8b0700d397b2db360ea9994d8f9197d4ceaca8e240ad9fedaa9c2bb
CRC32 801c053f
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename Search.admx
System Windows 7
File size 43882 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 d85caa39823ec4c39391b65122d436e0
SHA1 29dd42762bc6a6a69f29e450137e0c811e73e253
SHA256 c72b37e380704b72ff0b5da8a87b602bface09e233da093950ef3a2303ef194c
CRC32 dc746317
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename Search.admx
System Windows Vista
File size 43444 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 08d8a0684bf7ffb05ef5964dff2cef45
SHA1 e989721f43645fef9359ff1ef8c866c52cfdd14b
SHA256 47893de58641b33b5760333e9fd97e2dd24fa23c5ba54f7804f2c616aabed315
CRC32 4b6a37d2
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\