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Problems with app search

  1. #1


    Posts : 23
    windows 8

    Problems with app search


    I can't access any programs from the Win+Q search function. Every time I type something into the search box, the results will appear for a split second before the screen switches back to the desktop. I can't even open any programs from the search box in My Computer. I haven't made any drastic changes to my computer. Any ideas?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi frank1985,

    This suggestion might not be the fix for your issue but its easy enough to try:

    Fix Windows Desktop Search when it crashes or not showing results
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  3. #3


    Posts : 23
    windows 8


    Nope, still not working. Thanks anyway. I've run a few anti virus scans as well (the only progs I can run are those on the desktop), and no malicious files have been found.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I can't even open any programs from the search box in My Computer
    Longshot but try this:

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8
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  5. #5


    Posts : 23
    windows 8


    Still no luck
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  6. #6


    Hi there. Think of the All Apps screen with search as an Modern/Metro app. Obviously there's something corrupt when the search disappears. Try these especially the last 2.

    App Troubleshooter:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=20291

    Apps and tiles not working tutorial list:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=21051

    Try running scannow at least three times:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=3047

    DISM to Fix Component Store Corruption:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=26512
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  7. #7


    Posts : 23
    windows 8


    Ok I've spent the last 4 hours working my way through that list, and the problem is still there. I've also run a bunch of online virus scanners in addition to my own, and deleted temp files. Any other ideas?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    One last try. See if you have this option checked:

    Click image for larger version

    If it is checked, then I'm out of ideas. Sorry, in advance, if this final suggestion does not work for you.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 23
    windows 8


    It is checked.

    anyone else?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 23
    windows 8


    I bet the solution is something real simple.....does anyone else know what the problem could be?

    Just to clarify, when I type something into the search box (Win+Q), the program freezes and i'm returned to the windows desktop. The only way i can run programs is though the run command!
    Last edited by frank1985; 18 Sep 2013 at 06:39.
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