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Windows 8 search is not working properly.

WindowsUser

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I'm having trouble with Windows search.

Neither the start screen nor the search feature within Explorer will return any results if the files I want to look for are on my secondary HDD. This is a bit of a problem as all of my documents, pictures, videos, downloads etc are on this secondary drive.

I can even go into the documents library and search using Explorer, and it still won't find anything that I search for.

Any suggestions? Everything is indexed and the indexing is complete.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    CPU
    i7 2600K
    Motherboard
    ASROCKS Extreme 4M
    Memory
    8GB DDR 3 1333Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 670 GTX

pcRat

New Member
Power User
I can't find anything on another drive from Search either.
Unless I go to Computer and type in that Search box. It works for me until someone finds the cure.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 24"
    Hard Drives
    1 TB WD
    PSU
    550w

dweebken

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I'm having the same problem as the OP. Doing a Refresh means I have to reinstall nearly everything. Why? because the following are deleted/removed from the system on "refresh":
All installed 3rd party desktop programs (not Store apps). A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop after the refresh is finished to let you know which programs were removed.
What windows user can afford to do that? It'd take weeks for me to get all my 3rd party desktop programs reinstalled and reconfigured, so that's not an option. I assume even MS Office 2013 Pro is classed as an External App for this exercise, and I have heaps others.

On my machine, I have two x 256 GB SSDs (the boot/system drive and a data drive). Indexing appears to be working (I can delete and rebuild the index and watch the count go up) but I never get search results in File Explorer. Not even for file names that are in the folder that's currently open. I have Win 8 Pro, 64 Bit, with 8 GB ram and a Core i7 processor.
It used to work, when I first set it up, and the locations I want indexed are included, but something broke it. No way to figure out what.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Native laptop display
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    256 GB OPAL SSD (System) and
    256 GB mSATA SSD (Data)
    Mouse
    trackpad & MS Arc Touch Mouse
    Internet Speed
    12 MB/1.5 MB ADSL2+
    Browser
    IE 10 and Firefox 20+
    Antivirus
    Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security (2013)

Ronc

New Member
Since you're interested in a basic feature of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) that has nothing to do with apps or the start screen you don't have to limit your troubleshooting to "Windows 8". I'm sure there will be many hits in google for things like "Windows search broken". A lot a issues in Windows can be fixed with running "sfc /scannow" at a command prompt. It looks for bad Windows files and tries to restore them from a special store where original copies of the files are saved. Also, you might be suspicious of malware, which can be approached with scans like Windows 8 Defender and the free Malwarebytes.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    OQO 2+ UMPC
    CPU
    Intel Atom 1.86 GHz
    Motherboard
    OQO 2+
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel GMA 500
    Sound Card
    IDT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD (5" Portable, 17" Docked)
    Screen Resolution
    800 x 480 (portable) 1280 x 1024 (docked)
    Hard Drives
    64 GB SSD
    PSU
    9 Ah Battery (portable) or OQO Brick (docked)
    Case
    Shirt Pocket Sized w/Slide up Screen
    Cooling
    Tiny Fan
    Keyboard
    Slide out (portable) DiNovo Edge (docked)
    Mouse
    Eraser head (portable) Logitech Bluetooth (docked)
    Internet Speed
    WWAN or 802.11G (portable) T1 (docked)
    Browser
    IE10
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    DVD-RW OQO Docking Station

dweebken

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Member
Since you're interested in a basic feature of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) that has nothing to do with apps or the start screen you don't have to limit your troubleshooting to "Windows 8". I'm sure there will be many hits in google for things like "Windows search broken". A lot a issues in Windows can be fixed with running "sfc /scannow" at a command prompt. It looks for bad Windows files and tries to restore them from a special store where original copies of the files are saved. Also, you might be suspicious of malware, which can be approached with scans like Windows 8 Defender and the free Malwarebytes.

Thanks for the reply, it was actually very helpful! Prior to posting I had googled and Binged for help on this for a couple of weeks and was going nowhere fast. Your suggestion to use SFC /scannow solved the problem and its working again. BTW, I'm using Trend Micro Titanium Max securrity, and had run full system scans too, MalwareBytes keeps getting flagged as incompatible with my system, but it was getting no results either.
Thanks again.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Native laptop display
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    256 GB OPAL SSD (System) and
    256 GB mSATA SSD (Data)
    Mouse
    trackpad & MS Arc Touch Mouse
    Internet Speed
    12 MB/1.5 MB ADSL2+
    Browser
    IE 10 and Firefox 20+
    Antivirus
    Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security (2013)

Ronc

New Member
I have a similar problem. Metro search shows no results at all.However I have StartIsBack installed and win7 style file search works perfectly well
Just curious about StartIsBack compared to Start Menu 8 IObit Start Menu 8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8 . The latter has a built-in search box that looks like Windows 7 search but can't find saved websites (*.url files) a.k.a. "Internet Shortcuts" so I need to use either File Explorer Search or IE's Address Bar Search for them. Does StartIsBack's search box include and find Internet Shortcuts the way Windows 7's Start Menu Search does?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    OQO 2+ UMPC
    CPU
    Intel Atom 1.86 GHz
    Motherboard
    OQO 2+
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel GMA 500
    Sound Card
    IDT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD (5" Portable, 17" Docked)
    Screen Resolution
    800 x 480 (portable) 1280 x 1024 (docked)
    Hard Drives
    64 GB SSD
    PSU
    9 Ah Battery (portable) or OQO Brick (docked)
    Case
    Shirt Pocket Sized w/Slide up Screen
    Cooling
    Tiny Fan
    Keyboard
    Slide out (portable) DiNovo Edge (docked)
    Mouse
    Eraser head (portable) Logitech Bluetooth (docked)
    Internet Speed
    WWAN or 802.11G (portable) T1 (docked)
    Browser
    IE10
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    DVD-RW OQO Docking Station

SIW2

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I don't have startisback atm. I expect it does because it uses the remaining start menu code in 8 that hadn't been removed.


Sadly, MS have removed that code in the leaked versions - so it may not be there in 8.1

They may put something else in though, in an attempt to revive flagging sales.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

amicose

New Member
I should add that I also disabled libraries using an automated registry hack designed for win7. In Indexing Options I chose to index the custom folders I use in preference to Libraries.
I installed a trial of Start8 today and search is working fine there also. I don't have any url files but I guess you could trial either Start8 or StartIsBack and see if they work for you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8

Ronc

New Member
I should add that I also disabled libraries using an automated registry hack designed for win7. In Indexing Options I chose to index the custom folders I use in preference to Libraries.
I installed a trial of Start8 today and search is working fine there also. I don't have any url files but I guess you could trial either Start8 or StartIsBack and see if they work for you.
If you are now trying Start8 (different from Startisback and Start Menu 8) I guess you were not satisfied with Startisback. What was wrong with Startisback? My problem with Start Menu 8 is that it's sometimes slow to respond (20 seconds to pop up the menu) since the latest "upgrade".

BTW, I also disabled Libraries as I did for Win7. It's my understanding that indexing should not effect the search results, only the speed of the search. Also, since Windows has two Favorites folders, I should mention that while I disabled Libraries and Favorites, I did not remove the user folder called "Favorites" which IE uses to save websites. So my question remains, can you use the Start Menu's search box to find "Internet Shortcut" files which is what they are called in File Explorer Details View under the "Type" column.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    OQO 2+ UMPC
    CPU
    Intel Atom 1.86 GHz
    Motherboard
    OQO 2+
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel GMA 500
    Sound Card
    IDT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD (5" Portable, 17" Docked)
    Screen Resolution
    800 x 480 (portable) 1280 x 1024 (docked)
    Hard Drives
    64 GB SSD
    PSU
    9 Ah Battery (portable) or OQO Brick (docked)
    Case
    Shirt Pocket Sized w/Slide up Screen
    Cooling
    Tiny Fan
    Keyboard
    Slide out (portable) DiNovo Edge (docked)
    Mouse
    Eraser head (portable) Logitech Bluetooth (docked)
    Internet Speed
    WWAN or 802.11G (portable) T1 (docked)
    Browser
    IE10
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    DVD-RW OQO Docking Station

amicose

New Member
StartIsBack wasn't showing icons for metro apps. Otherwise it's great, every bit as good as Start8. Both programs have fully functional trials so you can see if they work for you.

I just reenabled libraries to see if Metro file search would show results again. It does. Does anyone know how to get metro search to show files outside of libraries?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8

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