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I have sharepoint 2016 installed, everything was working just fine, but suddenly i got the following error:

Sorry, we couldn't open http://.....doc file.

After investigating, i found that the Sharepoint Search Host Controller Service is stopped, i was trying to start it, but it won't start.

it gives the following error when trying to start such service:

**Windows Could not start the Sharepoint Search Host Controller service on Local Computer
Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.**

I have done several solutions found on the internet such as starting the service from the sharepoint central admin or by restarting services, but nothing worked.

i was also trying to change the user for the sharepoint search host controller service, it won't allow me, it gives the following error:

**An object of the type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWindowsServiceCredentialDeploymentJobDefinition named "windows-service-credentials-SPSearchHostController" already exists under the parent Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchRuntimeService named "SPSearchHostController".  Rename your object or delete the existing object**

i deleted the timer job of windows-service-credentials and i was able to reassign the service account, but then the timer job windows-service-credentials was created automatically and i wasn't able to start the service.

Can someone please help?

Thanks in advance!

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  • Sometime I've used this solution to resolve the same issue for SharePoint 2013 – Matiur Rahman Mar 21 at 17:07
  • @MatiurRahman i have checked the link, but i have no such path, where can i find such nodes? – Ahmad Mar 21 at 23:43
  • Path C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0 is for SharePoint 2013, and for SharePoint 2016, it might be C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\16..\.. How many servers are in your farm? – Matiur Rahman Mar 22 at 0:41
  • @MatiurRahman i have 1 server in my farm, but i have no such path either, wierd – Ahmad Mar 22 at 13:13
  • So, it may not be applicable to your scenario. The Node.ini file is to keep all nodes in the farm in sync. – Matiur Rahman Mar 22 at 13:50
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Please follow below steps to troubleshoot the issue:

1.Open Registry Editor as an administrator .

2.Navigation to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SPSearchHostController\ImagePath".

3.Right click -> Modify -> Set value data as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\16.0\Search\HostController\hostcontrollerservice.exe".

4.Try to start SharePoint Search Host Controller service again.

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  • I have founded that the search host controller service is not found on the C drive, i think it was installed on a lun from a nas storage, the NAS had some issues 3 months ago and the LUN was deleted. But the wierd thing is that the sharepoint was working all the 3 months just all fine even after the NAS issue, how was it working normally while there is no path for search host controller, we just a week ago we got the issue that we can't start the service because the path is not found anymore? and how can i solve this? – Ahmad Mar 26 at 22:56
  • where i can get such service without reinstalling the sharepoint 2016 again, Thanks! – Ahmad Mar 26 at 22:56

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