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Windows 8 Metro Search Broken

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I am currently on 8.1.
    Finished indexing... the windows folder (and sub folders of windows folder)
    and the device manager and defrag search results do execute properly.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks. Will try that. Though I don't think it is not the fact they are not indexed, as they do appear in the search results. It is just that you cannot execute them, very odd.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I had a little problem getting into YouTube with IE11 to process a video so I had to switch to server and IE10.
    Just wanted to plant evidence that it can work.

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  4. #14


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Well it used to work for me, but now it just won't work at all... Anyone found a fix yet?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by dude24760 View Post
    Well it used to work for me, but now it just won't work at all... Anyone found a fix yet?
    Not sure why it would not work for you

    It did not work for me either in 8.1 until I completed the indexing of the Windows folder and sub folders.
    Now it works all the time.
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  6. #16


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    This is confusing, why won't it work? Indexing didn't work, as I thought, but is there really no soloution?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello. Could you post a screenshot of your indexed locations?
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  8. #18


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Yeah sure. Click image for larger version
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Indexing Screenshot.png  
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  9. #19


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello. This image shows that indexing is not complete. It should say indexing complete.

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    You stated that it used to work and now it does not.
    Can you find and execute what you need on the desktop?
    Power User Tasks Menu - Open in Windows 8 Win + X
    Do you have elements of WinRT disabled? (a.k.a. metro / modern UI)?
    Did you install a desktop start menu that can disable edge UI functions?
    Have you installed any cleaning tools that could have made changes to the registry?
    Can you pin to start / taskbar (shortcut to desktop) what you like to use?

    Do you have Administrative Privileges?
    Are you a user in the Administrators Group? (Control Panel > User Accounts)

    If you add a new user, does the new user get the same result?
    Can you do a refresh, reset, scannow, dism, or test install a fresh clean OS?

    SFC /Scannow - Corrupted Files

    Inbox Corruption Repair > Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management >
    DISM / Cleanup-Image Tool
    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8

    Reset Windows 8
    Refresh Windows 8
    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Can you image your system using a 3rd party tool and then go for a clean install (for testing purposes)?
    You might be interested in trying to backstep the development of the issue and try to figure out when it first occurred.

    This one is free > no product key required.
    Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation

    Hope this helps. Best of Luck.
    Last edited by mdmd; 23 Nov 2013 at 03:43.
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  10. #20


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Ok, just checked again, indexing has finished, still not working. I can launch device manager from Win + X, I have installed a registry cleaning tool, but I know that isn't the cause. No, I didn't install any windows start menu program.Yes I have admin privileges, this is the only account, and has been the only account on this system. I have done a scan (3 times), no errors, and as for refreshing my pc... that's something I really don't want to do. Would a system restore help? I can only go back 6 days... and I have installed a lot of programs since this error.
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