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search charm does not find files

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro x64

    search charm does not find files


    running window 8 pro and cant search for files from the search charm. apps and settings searches work great

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Are all your personal user files detected in Windows 8? Also did you dual boot 8 with a previous Windows version or install over it?



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    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Running RTM and sure enough you cannot search files from Metro, can search from the desktop quite easily but nothing at all will match in Metro. Not even files in libraries which are index by default.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Really? Searching for files works perfectly fine for me with Start.
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  5. #5


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    windows 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Are all your personal user files detected in Windows 8? Also did you dual boot 8 with a previous Windows version or install over it?



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    I installed over window 7.searching via file explorer finds all files. just strange that all window 8 videos seems to be able to search files from the search charm. screen capture of search resultClick image for larger version
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Works for me in Windows 8 RP also.
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  7. #7


    It's working in my RP install as well.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Searches for Files in Windows 8 will only show search results from what locations and file types you have included in your indexing options like it did from the Start Menu in Windows 7 and Vista.. Double check to see if you have these set for where you want to be included in search results.

    Search in Windows 8

    Hope this may help some,
    Shawn
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro x64


    all folders on primary hard drive apart from windows,appdata indexed. file search works from window explorer
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  10. #10


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Searches for Files in Windows 8 will only show search results from what locations and file types you have included in your indexing options like it did from the Start Menu in Windows 7 and Vista.. Double check to see if you have these set for where you want to be included in search results.
    Most definitely have the proper locations in my Index Options:

    File search from desktop Explorer for *.jpg

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    Same search from Metro and all I get is that spinning thang.

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