Why is Windows 10 Search such unmitigated trash?

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  1. Culbrelai's Avatar
    Posts : 49
    W7 Dual Boot/Windows 10 Pro
       05 Feb 2018 #1

    Why is Windows 10 Search such unmitigated trash?

    How does it miss these things? For example:

    I search for "teamspeak" it finds nothing when it is RIGHT THERE in the start menu.


    I can search for VMware, and as you see in the screenshot, its right there yet search does not find it. I am very used to rapidly typing the name of an application in Windows 7 search and it finding it before I am even done with the word, I press enter and it opens very fast.

    Yet not with Windows 10. It only seems to want to find build-in windows applications (e.g. paint) this way.

    Am I missing a setting or something or is Windows 10 search just garbage? I miss Rover :*(

    If it is just this trash, does anyone know of any alternative search software for windows?
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  2.    05 Feb 2018 #2

    Well I don't use Windows search hardy at all anymore, I use a program called Everything, has lots of features, that you can customize and is a FREE app. Try it. I put a shortcut for it on my toolbar, much better than Windows Search.
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  3.    05 Feb 2018 #3

    Lordy. That's a fine app Mike, thank you.
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  4. pepanee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,138
    Windows 10 Professional
       05 Feb 2018 #4

    I use "Classic Start Menu". It comes with and app called: "Classic Shell". I like its search function for how simple it is to the eye. It gives me a list of my results. Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements
    But I am assuming that you don't want to replace your whole Start Menu with this customizable one.

    Search for, and open, Indexing Options. At the top, does it say that the indexing is complete, or does that magnifying glass go in circles and that number is increasing?

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  5.    05 Feb 2018 #5

    I thought classic shell wasn't being developed any more?

    Dec 3rd, 2017 - Classic Shell is no longer actively developed

    After 8 years I have decided to stop developing Classic Shell. The source code for the latest version is released on SourceForge. More details here.

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  6. pepanee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,138
    Windows 10 Professional
       05 Feb 2018 #6


    I'm confused.

    I think you can still download and use it still.
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  7.    05 Feb 2018 #7

    Ok, back to the original problem, which is why doesn't Windows search do the right thing? As far as I am aware it should work as intended and does so on my computers. I gave up on Start 8/10 when it would break after a new Windows update. I've gotten very used to doing just what the OP does, type in a name and hit return, often before I type the first few letters. In fact, it seems pretty handy with some abbreviations. Like "ie" for Internet Explorer or "cue" for Corsair Utility Engine.
    @Culbrelai did you turn off Windows indexing somewhere? Or change it's default search locations?

    I can confirm that the Windows built-in search from the Start menu works fine on each of the desktop computers and laptops I use. Using the latest Windows Update from MS.
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  8.    05 Feb 2018 #8

    I donít know, but you thread title gave me a chuckle. :)
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  9. Callender's Avatar
    Posts : 908
    Windows 10 Home 1809 32-bit
       05 Feb 2018 #9

    pepanee is tallking about Classic Start Menu but there is also Start Menu 8

    It's not free but you get a trial version. If you want free then you need the old version (I use it)

    Old version is here: Download Start Menu 8 for windows - Filepuma.com

    Note: You have to use your firewall to block the updater and preferably remove the update exe file and disable the update task. Can't give exact details.

    It has search built in and it's fast. I keep windows file search turned off.

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    For a more in depth very fast seach on NTFS formatted drives I use SwiftSearch.
    It accepts file names and/ or paths with wildcards in needed.

    SwiftSearch download | SourceForge.net

    SwiftSearch alternative includes deleted file search:

    NTFS-Search download | SourceForge.net

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    For searching text within files I use UltraFileSearch.

    UltraFileSearch - File Search Utility

    I never did find much use for Windows Search.
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  10.    05 Feb 2018 #10

    Probably boils down to that there is no real competition for Windows operating systems except for Mac and Linux.
    When you virtually have a monopoly on the market, you dont need to try so hard.
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