windows/outlook search just stopped working in Vista

issue: Windows/Outlook search just stopped working in Windows Vista. As a result instant search in outlook won't return any results. 
this is a known issue with windows vista
step 1: try rebuilding the search index. go to indexing optioins, advanced tab and click rebuild. if this doesn't work, try clicking on restore defaults
if stepy 1 doesn't work, go to step 2
step 2: go to services in control panel, look for windows search or windows searcher as the case maybe
double click on the service and stop it. restart the service
this will initiate indexing and should fix the isue