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Test build 6 and nothing.

before i install it.I unistall the old and delete the spotlight from registry.

when i install it he say that my "msinet.dll" is newest and the "msvcrt.dll" was in use.

also now (with build 6) there isn't a empty space between the "Top Hit" and "Spotlight Preferences..."(check my previous post to see what i mean.At the screenshot i have select the empty space).

Sorry for my bad English.I hope i help. :)

TomLapp420, excuse for butting in but: replacing people's msvcrt.dll is not good manners at all. :(

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what does that do herd? fill us ****ies in?

MSVCRT: Microsoft Visual C Runtime - now part of the system as glibc.o is for linux;

only recommended way of replacing it is by Windows Update or service packs.

IIRC, Windows '95 didn't have this per default so some dated installers would include this.


Manually open the download zip and remove the following line from setup.lst:

(can be opened in notepad)

[email protected],$(WinSysPathSysFile),,,8/4/04 3:56:43 AM,343040,7.0.2600.2180

Also don't forget to rename the following File4 to File3 etc.



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msvcrt.dll is a file that the visual basic setup bootstrap automatically installs, I don't have control on what files vb feels need to be installed when I package a program.

I will be releasing a new build with a diagnostics page, this will allow users to give me specific information on why it is not working. I'm close to 100% sure it has to do with the unsupported browser thing.

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I just released the diagnostic build on page 1, please download it and follow these instructions carefully:

1. Completely uninstall the old version

2. Search your computer for any occurences of spotlight.exe, delete all of them

3. Install the new version

NOTE: The program will install into it's own folder in your Applications/Program files folder, it will NOT install in the windows directory (my mistake)

4. Run the program, if you are not able to pull up the preferences, double click the spotlight searchbar and it will pop up.

5. Make sure all the url information is set, then enter some search criteria, make sure you search for something you know the google desktop search will find

6. Press the search button

7. You will then see 2 little boxes fill up with information, the top one will actually load the google desktop search results in the form of a web page, this is to ensure that the search is working, the other box will fill up with raw html, I need you to copy it into a textfile and attach it to your post. In the text file at the top, please copy the exact url out of the addressbar and paste it at the top of the file, I will need this information to diagnose what the problem is.

DON'T BE DISCOURAGED!!!! I am not willing to give up on this program, it works too well on my computer. I must say, not only does it look almost exactly like the real thing, but I actually have found it extremely useful.

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Saladin, enter the following url into the addressbar in the diagnostic window

enter it EXACTLY the way it is here, and click the go button


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OK, when putting in:


It works and gives me the results....





<script language="JavaScript">

if (navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf("opera") == -1) {




<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1;url=''">





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ok everybody, I figured out the problem.

Thanks to Saladin, for his help!!!!!!

Unfortunately, this program will always work on Saladin's computer, I am not able to recreate the error on his computer so I need one more person that can help me finalize this fix.

I simply need to give someone else a general url to enter into the addressbar, the one I have to saladin will only work on his computer

Let me know who else can help, if i'm right about the next part, I can have this program working for everybody!!!

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when you install it, double click on the search bar, the preferences window will open

in the addressbar, put the following url in and press Go:

Do no click on this, copy the link

You should see the google desktop search window load in the box below the address bar (hopefully)

let me know what happens, and make sure you have removed all occurences of spotlight.exe before installing the fixed build

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uninstalled the previous build, installed the latest, the only spotlight.exe is d:program filesspotlight.exe

pasted the link into address bar, got this:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

<html><head><title>Desktop: Invalid Request</title>



BODY, TD, DIV, A { FONT-FAMILY: arial,sans-serif}

DIV, TD { COLOR: #000}

A:link { COLOR: #00c}

A:visited { COLOR: #551a8b}

A:active { COLOR: #f00 }



<body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000" link="#0000cc" vlink="#800080" alink="#ff0000" topmargin=2>

<table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=0 width="99%" border=0>


<td width="1%" rowspan=2><img height=55 width=150 alt='Go to Google Desktop Search Home' src='/logo3.gif' vspace=12 border=0>

<td> </td>

<td rowspan=2>

<table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" border=0>


<td bgcolor=#3399cc><img height=1 width=1></td>



<table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" border=0 bgcolor=#efefef>


<td nowrap bgcolor=#E8F4F7><font face=arial,sans-serif color=#000000 size=+1><b> Invalid Request</b></font></td>






<table cellpadding=3 width="94%" align="center" cellspacing=0 border=0>

<tr valign="middle">

<td valign="top">

<b>You requested a page that does not exist.</b><p>You may have reached this page by clicking on an invalid link or bookmark.




<center><font size=-2>©2005 Google </font></center>


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Ivan, when you copied the link from the post, did you right-click it and select copy link location, or did you select it and copy it?

the former, of course

edit: same result with the link you posted above

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