Sorry for the late reply on this thread, but this type of question is best
answered in the fulltext newsgroup.
The key bit of info here is the SQL Server edition "SQL Server 2000
Developers Edition" as FTS is not installed by default as it is with Std.
Edition and above. You can "re-install" the FTS components via removing or
renaming the following product tracking registry key (remove :
"<Instance_Name>\" if this is not a named instance):
Then you will be able to re-install the FTS / MSSearch components. You may
also want to review the procedures in KB article 827449 "How to manually
reinstall the Microsoft Search service for an instance of SQL 2000" at
Sophie, the advise that you've provided is wrong and will cause known
problems, i.e.. high CPU utilization (there is a KB article on this).
Specifically, the Microsoft Search service MUST be started and running under
the "System account" (LocalSystem), while the MSSQLServer service can be
started and running under either LocalSystem or DOMAIN\Account (but NOT the
DOMAIN\Administrators account!). All this I've learned from years of
experience with SQL FTS since 1998 SQL 7.0 Beta3 while at MSFT...
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