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Cannot find Windows Search, how can I manually turn it on?

  1. #1


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Cannot find Windows Search, how can I manually turn it on?


    I realised you cannot search your computer with Windows Search disabled in Windows 8/8.1 Metro, I have looked for the entry in the Windows Features / Services but could not find it. (I previously turned it off, now I cannot see the entry)

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated

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    Last edited by Versal T; 15 Dec 2013 at 13:14.

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  2. #2


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Also I now cannot enter PC Settings (Metro) since I was playing around with Start Menu applications and forgot to put the shortcut back in (not sure if there is a proper link to PC Settings but I removed the shortcut and cannot get in through Control Panel > Change Account Type / Manage Accounts > Add a new user in PC Settings will not launch PC Settings)
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    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro
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  4. #4


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    When I ran the .exe (after I unblocked it) it just closed without doing anything, this happens to me aswell when I try to launch PC Settings from the charms bar :/

    I think I may have to reinstall.
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  5. #5


    USA, CA
    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    yeah sounds like you might want to do a repair install at this point but also search is a service and should be able to be ran by running services.msc
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Versal T View Post
    Also I now cannot enter PC Settings (Metro) since I was playing around with Start Menu applications and forgot to put the shortcut back in (not sure if there is a proper link to PC Settings but I removed the shortcut and cannot get in through Control Panel > Change Account Type / Manage Accounts > Add a new user in PC Settings will not launch PC Settings)
    I did the same kind of messing around, gave up trying to repair it. I just finished a clean install. All is well!
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  7. #7


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    yeah sounds like you might want to do a repair install at this point but also search is a service and should be able to be ran by running services.msc
    Yeah the Windows Search / Search Icon wasn't inside the services.msc so I just did a clean install, only took 10mins to get Windows 8 set-up then I just downloaded Windows 8.1 and it was finished installing by the time I woke up.
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  8. #8


    Sabie, South Africa
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    You can search for files on the metro screen by just beginning typing what you're looking for, and in the windows environment by pressing Windows (flag) key + S. Don't know if it will work with search disabled and missing. Just a suggestion.
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Cannot find Windows Search, how can I manually turn it on?
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