SharePoint 2013 Search Service will not start
In case anyone else runs into a similar issue, you may find this helpful.
When I tried to start the SharePoint 2013 search service I get the error shown in this screenshot.
It would not start in Central Admin either and the Search Service was already set to run as a Local Service as suggested here, so that wasn't it.
However, I managed to solved this by creating a Search Application on the Manage Service Applications page in Central Admin.
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