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Windows 8.1 64-Bit, Search function not working

  1. #1


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

    Windows 8.1 64-Bit, Search function not working


    Hello there

    I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.
    A couple of weeks ago I noticed the search function had just stopped working altogether, this includes searching in File Explorer, the Windows 8 Start Menu and even in Outlook.
    I can no longer search anywhere - I type my search term, but it does not do anything at all, it doesn't even start the search.


    • I have checked my services and the services for Windows Search is set to automatic delayed start up and is currently running.
    • I have ran the troubleshooter for Windows Search and Index and it detects no problems.
    • My Indexing Options seem fine, my Drives and Outlook are indexed.
    • I have tried disabling the index and enabling it.


    Does anyone have any other suggestions to try? Can there be group policies preventing this, or settings applied on the domain/network?
    Are there any known conflicts with firewall rules or anti-virus that can prevent this?

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    Hello

    Does anyone have any ideas at all?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    Sorry to bump again, but this is a real problem for me.
    It is incredibly tedious to have to sieve through hundreds of e-mails to find an old one without the search feature.
    Also just having to scroll through 'All Apps' in Windows 8 Start is a pain rather than typing a couple of letters to select the program I want to open.

    Surely there must be someone who might know why all search facilities seem to have stopped working?

    Any suggestions are welcome.
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  4. #4


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that this was stopped in Windows 8/8.1. Windows 7 can still search through an Outlook mailbox, but not anything newer. For that, you'll want to use Outlook's search. It's annoying in some ways, but Outlook's search works very well.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    I don't think it was stopped in Windows 8/8.1 as I have always had the facility to search in Windows 8.1 up until a few weeks ago, I haven't even ran any Windows Updates as I have them turned off.
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  6. #6


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    It's been dropped completely in Windows 8. I thought I remembered that, but I wanted to find a link. Hasn't been a big deal for me, but it was nice being able to find a file, especially if I didn't save it from the e-mail it came in from.

    Searching for Outlook items from the Start Screen, Start Menu or Explorer - MSOutlook.info
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    I am not referring to searching for e-mails within the start screen.
    I cannot search for ANYTHING on my computer in every possible place I can search.

    Windows File Explorer > does nothing when I search, does not even try to search:
    Click image for larger version

    In Windows Start Menu > No results when searching, doesn't even try and search.
    Click image for larger version

    In Microsoft Outlook 2013, Shows no results what so ever:
    Click image for larger version


    All of this used to work a few weeks ago, I do not believe this facility was dropped from Windows 8, otherwise it would never have worked for me and other people I know do not have this issue.
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  8. #8


    I had the same problem, and stumbled across the answer completely at random the other day.

    Give me a bit to back track to the answer.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    If it helps, I found this in my Windows Event Viewer, it is there many times with a different source file every time.


    Crawl could not be completed on content source <file:C:/>.

    Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog


    Details:
    A word breaker was not found for the given language. Check your current language settings and ensure that search supports the current language. If the problem persists, reinstall search. (HRESULT : 0x8004110a) (0x8004110a)
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