Windows Search cannot find new installed application

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  1.    18 Jan 2017 #1

    Windows Search cannot find new installed application

    Hi all,

    recently I observed that, the windows search fails to index my new installed application. This applies for both desktop application as well as application installed from windows store.
    The search still works for application which were installed from before. I have tried to rebuild the search index multiple times, disable and start the search services, but none of them fixed this. In the "Start menu" folder, I can find all the shortcut "lnk". The shortcuts for each new installed applications are created, but oddly windows search cannot find these. Does anyone have a suggestion how to resolve this problem. Thanks in advance.

    With bests,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    18 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi, have you tried the search and indexing troubleshooter?

    E.g. Settings, search Troubleshoot, click View all in the CP dialogue, select the troubleshooter.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    18 Jan 2017 #3

    I have already tried it. No issues were found though.
    Below is the screenshot of my current folders that are indexed. Is it comparable to the default setting? Am I missing some important locations?
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  4.    18 Jan 2017 #4

    Hi, try this (7 & 8): - I can't find one for '10 here.
    Search Options - Change or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums

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    That's near default. The Graphics.. Photos... and Test... entries are ones I've added.
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  5.    18 Jan 2017 #5

    I tried the tutorial you mentioned, but it didn't help either.
    As for the locations, on the second thought, I think the most relevant folder for this issue is the "Start Menu" folder containing "lnk" shortcuts, which is indexed. It is strange that the application from windows store is affected too. Do you know how the search work for these store apps, where is the location for these?
    Another question: in your "indexing options". If you go to "advanced"/"File Types", how does your "lnk" filetype look like?
    Do you have other ideas that I can try out?
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  6.    19 Jan 2017 #6

    Start menu shortcuts that appear in Win 10's start menu are here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    Try this:
    Open Indexing options and that folder and ensure both are visible simultaneously.
    Note the number of items indexed.
    Add/create a new shortcut in
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    See if the number increments (and check the shortcut appears in your start menu).
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  7.    19 Jan 2017 #7

    the number increments, but the new shortcut does not appear in the start menu. It means the indexing is correct. So the problem should be after that. I'm not sure, how the "search" or "start menu" read new entry. I think, we are narrowing down the issue. Do you have any idea how to proceed further from here?
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  8.    19 Jan 2017 #8

    Hi, suggest you try creating a new user for test purposes and comparison.
    Try installing one of the programs with which you are experiencing difficulty
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    19 Jan 2017 #9

    It works with a new user. But, I don't think it is related to the program I was trying to install.
    A new problem also arose with the new user, the search field freezes quite often. Not sure what to do next?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    19 Jan 2017 #10

    With your original user try this:
    Fix Windows 10 Start menu problems with Microsoft's new troubleshooter tool

    then also try this as a mater of routine before the next step
    From an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
    Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

    from an elevated command prompt
    sfc /scannow

    That's just to establish a base line and do a basic check for consistency.

    My personal view of the start menu: avoid it. Use Classic Shell - something that actually works and works better, and which is actually capable of representing a large categorised start menu properly (which Win 10's can't).
      My ComputerSystem Spec

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