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Windows 8 File search doesn't work

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Adam, my Indexing options are fine, I've added and excluded the folders I want. The only reason I bring up the "Windows Search" check box that is no longer there is because I'm sure if you check your "Windows Features" dialog box, it'll be in yours. I'm pretty sure it was there for me as well until it disappeared. I'm thinking that is the key to the fact that the Metro UI doesn't work specifically for Files anymore - it comes back immediately with the white screen and "No File Results found for your search", the apps and settings search work fine, though.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I did check and it isn't a feature for me. Perhaps it was in the past (I really can't remember) but it isn't on 8.1. I'm afraid I'm out of ideas now though. If your indexing is complete (you checked the windows.edb?) and modern UI isn't seeing it then I can't think what else to do except re-install. I couldn't live without it certainly.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Oh wow, okay maybe it was just in Windows 8 (shows up on my laptop still running 8). Hmmm, I will see what I can do. For now Classic Shell is a life saver, it has the functionality of the Modern UI mixed with the speed/ease of the Windows 7 start button search.
    As far as the windows.edb file goes, it's in the folder you said, file size is 2.4gb, I can't open it though. Is there info in there I should know about?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Anyone know if Everything Search works for W8? I have the same issue. Files search is totally inert. Also it throws me as this laptop has no disk activity LED. The HD is silent. Tough to tell if anything is happening.
    Hi there. The "Search Everywhere" is a feature of 8.1, not 8.

    Does your "Search" in All Apps not work at all?
    All Apps shows results. Files shows nothing. Generally I turn indexing off . I just havedn't gotten to it yet. I've only had this about 10 day.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Monizzle View Post
    As far as the windows.edb file goes, it's in the folder you said, file size is 2.4gb, I can't open it though. Is there info in there I should know about?
    No - if it is there (and not growing) then the indexing has worked. Why Modern UI doesn't want to use it I don't know.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Seems Everything has a 1.33x beta. They list W8 as supported and there's a native 64 bit available. Guess I'll kill indexing and try it.
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