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Win8.1 search not working for 'Settings'?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Win8.1 search not working for 'Settings'?


    Hi,
    After upgrading to Win8.1 from 8.0 I noticed that I can no longer search anything under 'Settings' (Winkey + W). I am still able to search for files and the web (Bing ads and all that) however (ie. under 'Everywhere' or Files). I have already rebuilt the index and rebooted/shutdown a few times and it still does not work. Anyone have any idea what's going on with it?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    FYI, you are not alone. The Win 8.1 Preview search worked like crap and the new 8.1 Final seems to be just as bad.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    FYI, you are not alone. The Win 8.1 Preview search worked like crap and the new 8.1 Final seems to be just as bad.
    I think there was a way to fix the search not working (whether it's just settings not working or files and everywhere as well) in the preview version and that was to uncheck and recheck the Windows Search service under Windows Features on or off, however in the final 8.1 that feature is no longer listed for some reason.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SixArtillery View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    FYI, you are not alone. The Win 8.1 Preview search worked like crap and the new 8.1 Final seems to be just as bad.
    I think there was a way to fix the search not working (whether it's just settings not working or files and everywhere as well) in the preview version and that was to uncheck and recheck the Windows Search service under Windows Features on or off, however in the final 8.1 that feature is no longer listed for some reason.
    This thread with the same problem may help you
    Results not showing up under "settings" filter in 8.1 - Microsoft Community
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