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Windows 8.1 search not working this is really really sad

  1. #1


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home

    Windows 8.1 search not working this is really really sad


    Hi all,

    hope i dont't have to reinstall all my system because
    the snappy search that i loved so much in windows 8
    does not longer works, it takes ages now (already disabled internet
    search).

    Is there some tweak to restore the "search" efficiency ?

    thanks,

    roy.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Explorer search or metro search?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Explorer search or metro search?
    metro search
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I think that you just need to wait for indexing to complete. Mine was slow after upgrading but after a day or so it was back to normal speed. If you go to Indexing Options it will tell you if it has finished or not.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    I think that you just need to wait for indexing to complete. Mine was slow after upgrading but after a day or so it was back to normal speed. If you go to Indexing Options it will tell you if it has finished or not.
    Nope, indexing is complete, when I search for a file from "metro 8.1" a sort of
    "search app" (white background) open up and after **several seconds** like
    10'' or 15'' the correct search result is displayed;

    searching from "metro 8" is (was) literally instantaneous !!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Yep, the new version of metro search just plain stinks IMHO. What I did to overcome that obstacle was to simply install Classic Shel and use that search option from the desktop. Now, it works like a top!

    Click image for larger version

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i never use search that much ,but mine seems to be just fine after update .
    weird how the win 8.1 update affects some computers differently ,mus be the different setups /software and devices we all have
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  8. #8


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.0


    You do realize that there's a search tool available already that is superior to Window's built-in search, right?

    Everything Search Engine
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  9. #9


    Posts : 28
    windows 8.1 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by roy View Post
    Hi all,

    hope i dont't have to reinstall all my system because
    the snappy search that i loved so much in windows 8
    does not longer works, it takes ages now (already disabled internet
    search).

    Is there some tweak to restore the "search" efficiency ?

    thanks,

    roy.
    Reinstall is a bad word nowadays... I mean if you have to redo stuff.... There is other alternatives. Such as reset or refresh which is a lot easier. Which is somewhat similar to a system restore :\

    Refresh your PC without affecting your files

    If your PC isn't performing as well as it once did, and you don't know why, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings.



    To refresh your PC

    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
    • Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
    • Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, tap or click Get started.
    • Follow the instructions on the screen




    Remove everything and reinstall Windows

    If you want to recycle your PC, give it away, or start over with it, you can reset it completely.


    To reset your PC

    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
    • Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
    • Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.
    • Follow the instructions on the screen

      Notes

      • You might be asked to insert discs or recovery media that came with your PC. Check the info that came with your PC to see if your PC manufacturer provided these discs or media. In some cases, you might have created them when you first set up your PC.
      • If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, resetting your PC will restore Windows 8. You’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after the reset has finished.





      Works well i recently had a driver issue..... which was causing a bsod and done a refresh and it was like new and i didnt loose any of my files

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  10. #10


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Just timed how much it takes to find a file:

    23 SECONDS !!!

    I can do better serching it myself, no joke here, this is really sad

    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i never use search that much ,but mine seems to be just fine after update .
    Sure if you don't use it can't be so bad for you ...
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