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Windows 8 search is not working properly.

  1. #11


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    WindowsUser,

    It's finds items on my other non Windows 8 drives as well.

    You might also rebuild the index to make sure it's updated.


    Do you have your search settings set like below?


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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Yes, I have the search settings as above.

    Everything is indexed, the index has been rebuilt several times. I've moved it to a different drive, I've repaired the service.

    It just refuses to work. I'm a bit confused as to why an MS Tech told me it wouldn't work, but OK.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Did you do an upgrade install or clean install to Windows 8?

    If upgrade, then you might consider what Shyam posted earlier to refresh Windows 8. It seems a lot of folks are having issues after doing an upgrade install for various reasons.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    No, it was done from a clean state.

    It either just won't work, or my issue stems from the files in my libraries having been in libraries in previous installs. In which case one would think it's a permissions issue, but after having ensured all permissions settings are correct, the issue remains.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Odd. It seems like you have pretty much everything set properly for the index and search settings.

    Did you also check to make sure that all the file types (extensions) were added to the index as well?


    Index - Add or Remove File Types - Windows 7 Forums


    As a test to see if it's just an issue in your account, create a new administrator account, sign in to it, and see how search works in it.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Created a new admin account - didn't work still.

    All file types are included in search. I think a reinstall is the only possible way to fix it, although I'm not convinced that will work.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Please let us know how it goes with it. You might check search right after the clean install is finished, and after each time you install anything to see if it may reveal a cause.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    I'm just going to use an alternate program for finding files. It must be something extremely obscure that's stopping it from working.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I am having the exact same issue and have done all of the suggested steps. Keen to know if there is a fix for this issue any time soon.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    Quote Originally Posted by Flomsat View Post
    I am having the exact same issue and have done all of the suggested steps. Keen to know if there is a fix for this issue any time soon.
    Won't fix any w8 \ w7 search problems (search deficiencies + horrible interface being built into the OS lol), but this will dig up whatever you need to find, always, in any hidden corner. It's an excellent tool:

    Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

    The standard win search is fine to find the calculator + the latest pictures of the cat, but I cannot trust it for anything else.
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