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Windows 8 Metro Search Broken

  1. #1


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x

    Windows 8 Metro Search Not Working


    Recently, my metro search hasn't been working. I usually go to the metro GUI and search for defrag, and click the "Defragment and optimise your drives". But, for some reason, when I click it, nothing happens, this also happens with many other system related programs like device manager, sound etc. I always have to use control panel now to use these programs. Other programs seem to work fine. Any help?
    Last edited by dude24760; 17 Nov 2013 at 15:38.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8 Metro Search Not Working


    I have the exact same problem. Recently certain (if not all) control panel items will show on the search but will not launch. Clicking them does nothing (right or left click). Only the Control Panel itself will start, along will regular apps.
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  3. #3


    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    It works for me. When I click it, the screen changes to the non-phone desktop and defrag opens. I have windows 8.1, all updates installed.
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  4. #4


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Well it used to work for me when I first installed the OS, but it suddenly stopped working one day. And I'm not sure what could have caused it. I have kept up to date, but it's still not working, maybe windows update was the cause of the problem...
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  5. #5


    Hi there. You may want to run through this list:

    App Troubleshooter:

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

    Apps and tiles not working tutorial list:

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

    DISM to Fix Component Store Corruption:

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

    Try running scannow at least three times:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=3047
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  6. #6


    London
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64x


    Still not working, even after windows update. After all the bad things I have heard about the refresh feature, I would like that only to be a last resort please. Thanks for the posts, hopefully there is a fix for this. Glad i'm not the only one.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    That is exactly the case for me, used to work but now does not. The problem may coincide with install 8.1 but I can not be certain. I did search the forums and there are a couple of other cases which point to the tips above which I have tried with no success. Like you I want to refrain from doing a refresh as this is a work machine with a lot of software on it.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello dude24760.
    Hello jpottaway.
    Welcome to 8 Forums.

    When you go to the search spyglass, do you select settings?

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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    The metro UI search feature is not necessarily best suited for access to Win32 and Explorer based programs.
    Win + X (and its sublevels) is the best way to access every feature of the OS.
    You can search using the explorer search field and then pin that to the start screen or task bar.
    You could index your metro UI search to improve results.

    Does everyone know about indexing?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    For myself it is the Windows 8.1 Everywhere search. It is not that the items don't appear, as is the case for many people, it is that clicking or entering on them does nothing. It appears to be limited to setting items, app work fine. Perhaps admin privileged items? Though if you start Control Panel and search they all work fine.

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