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Windows 8.1 much slower search than windows 8 & unfriendly

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    Windows 8.1 much slower search than windows 8 & unfriendly

    Hi Mark,

    IMO 8.1 is a disappointment, particularly with regard to search which has become very much less functional...

    The search in Wn 8.1 is much slower and you cannot navigate properly with a keyboard, so if you enter text info, you have to wait a long time sometimes, and also sometimes have to mouse about wasting more time... see a you tube video I just made to show how slow and clunky it is. windows 8 1 search is worse than windows 8 0 - YouTube

    I can't see why a setting in control panel would take 22 seconds to find on a very fast computer!

    Anyone else getting this?

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    Posts : 94
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Please fill in your computer specs, including antivirus software, and was your a clean install or an upgrade? My computer, specs in signature doesnt show the sympthoms you describe, even a lower specced computer c2d 3ghz/4gb runs windows 8.1 flawless.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise

    i have to agree, it is not a good as it was in win8 fur sure !
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  4. #4

    Posts : 4
    Win 8.1 x64

    Necroposting and repeat posting but I think it's worth it ...

    I too had unreasonably slow Windows Search in Windows 8.1. For me the solution was to delete


    I noticed that this file's description said it contained recovered file fragments so I just nuked it as an experiment. It worked! I guess if the search index gets corrupted then it goes and finds the corruptions and recovers them to this file. And then doesn't use them very intelligently, evidently. Humph. When I deleted mine it was only 8 Kb (yes, Kb, not Mb!) but once it was gone, indexing was free to run at its old accustomed normal speed. Rebuilding the entire index also generally solves the problem, but that can take hours and you lose indexing capacity in the meantime.

    Might work for you, give it a try. Moving the file to the Recycle Bin was sufficient, so you can always restore it to its original location if the trick doesn't work.
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