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


#1
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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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz - G.Skill Sniper
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1280MB DDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor: Asus VS248 24" (Primary) & Benq G220HDA 22" (Secondary Display)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 - 128GB
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Black Caviar - 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650w
    Case
    Corsair 650D
    Cooling
    Air Flow
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Corsair M65
    Internet Speed
    700kb/s
    Browser
    Chromium
    Antivirus
    Avast
#2
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)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz - G.Skill Sniper
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1280MB DDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor: Asus VS248 24" (Primary) & Benq G220HDA 22" (Secondary Display)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 - 128GB
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Black Caviar - 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650w
    Case
    Corsair 650D
    Cooling
    Air Flow
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Corsair M65
    Internet Speed
    700kb/s
    Browser
    Chromium
    Antivirus
    Avast
#4
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz - G.Skill Sniper
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1280MB DDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor: Asus VS248 24" (Primary) & Benq G220HDA 22" (Secondary Display)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 - 128GB
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Black Caviar - 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650w
    Case
    Corsair 650D
    Cooling
    Air Flow
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Corsair M65
    Internet Speed
    700kb/s
    Browser
    Chromium
    Antivirus
    Avast

rvcjew

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#5
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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme
    Memory
    32GB(4x8GB) DDR3 Team Xtreem 2666 @ 2400 CL10 10-12-12-31
    Graphics Card(s)
    2x MSI GTX 780 Twin Frozr OC 3GB
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar Essence STX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PB278Q, HP 2311xi, UN46F7100AFXZA
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440p, 2x1080p
    Hard Drives
    256GB 840 PRO SSD
    10TB RAID 0 Array (Movies, Steam)
    6TB RAID 1 Array (Backups, Documents)
    3TB EXT Drive (Secure Backups)
    PSU
    Corsair AX760
    Case
    NZXT White Switch 810
    Cooling
    Block: XSPC Raystorm, RES/Pump: XSPC Bay res W/D5 Vario, RAD: XSPC RX360, 6xNF-F12's
    Keyboard
    Rosewill RK-9000 with MX Blue switches Logitech G15 Rev 2 (gutted for LCD)
    Mouse
    Logitech G400
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    I also own a Lenovo Y510p, and Yoga 2 Pro

Edwin

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#6
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! :)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion
  • PC2
    Tablet - Windows 10 Home
#7
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz - G.Skill Sniper
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1280MB DDR5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor: Asus VS248 24" (Primary) & Benq G220HDA 22" (Secondary Display)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 - 128GB
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Black Caviar - 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650w
    Case
    Corsair 650D
    Cooling
    Air Flow
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Corsair M65
    Internet Speed
    700kb/s
    Browser
    Chromium
    Antivirus
    Avast
#8
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD 5200+ 2.7 GHz Core 2 Duo
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek 6.1 Channel HD Audio (onboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung BX2450
    Screen Resolution
    1080p, 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    250 GB
    1 TB (dead)
    500 GB (dead)
    PSU
    Cooler Master eXtreme - RS-650-PCAR-E3 - 650 Watt
    Case
    Generic ATX
    Cooling
    None
    Keyboard
    Logitech K200
    Mouse
    Logitech M100
    Internet Speed
    4 megabit uncapped ADSL (hey, this is South Africa so don't laugh)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avira Free
    Other Info
    Upgrading motherboard, CPU, memory, hard drives, case and cooling hopefully by Christmass 2013.

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