Can't get local search results on one machine (only web results)

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    Can't get local search results on one machine (only web results)

    Hi folks. New to forum . Yesterday I upgraded two Dell laptops and my desktop machine to Windows 10. I am really liking it so far. But I have two things I can't seem to resolve:

    1. Search - On my two Dell laptops if I search for, say, User Account Control, at the top of the search results I will get a local result saying Change User Account Control settings. That result will be in grey. But on my desktop machine, if I enter the same search, I don't get any grey result at the top. All I can get on that machine is web results. I don't know what's different. I have initialized Cortana on all three machines the same way (I think). Can someone help me understand why I am not getting local results on the desktop machine?

    2. One of my Dell laptops has a fingerprint reader. It was working for logins when I had Windows 7 on the machine. Now that I have Windows 10 on the machine I cannot figure out how to get the reader working again. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    set up some Win10 PCs.

    disable networking. logged out and logged back in.

    some of the machines now FAIL to do a local search.

    any search terms type after hitting the Windows key, or typed into the search box produce NO results.

    Microsoft is receiving *all* searches even if web search is disabled in search settings:
    turned networking back on
    opened cmd and netstat -aon; no connections to www ips
    type a search for "notepad" in search box
    my computer connects to a Microsoft IP address!

    This is ridiculous!
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    more info available at the linked thread (see previous post)
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