Windows search doesn't always work

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  1. Posts : 960
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #1

    Some issues with windows search


    Sometimes when i search for a program or a file on my computer, windows finds nothing, even though the program is installed on my computer.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 17 Aug 2018 at 12:44.
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  2. Posts : 85
    Windows 10 Home
       #2

    Instead of struggling with Cortana and Windows Search my preference is to use third party software.
    Everything and UltraSearch can search one or more drives if wanted, with UltraSearch you can very quickly include and exclude drives from the search
    Both are small, fast, reliable, very efficient and free
    Both have portable versions (which I use) so you can test them without installing them.

    Everything Search
    UltraSearch

    Good luck :)
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  3. Posts : 7,222
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    Eagle51 posted this fix for search problems last week - may be worth a try? Also, check your indexing option in Control Panel include the folders you want to index.

    Try resetting the Search Index by doing the following.
    Open regedit and navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search change SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0 and reboot PC.
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  4. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #4

    Steve C said:
    Eagle51 posted this fix for search problems last week - may be worth a try? Also, check your indexing option in Control Panel include the folders you want to index.

    Try resetting the Search Index by doing the following.
    Open regedit and navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search change SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0 and reboot PC.
    I also have search probs but there is no SetupCompletedSuccessfully should i add the key?

    forget about it, i found it
    Last edited by roy111; 04 Sep 2017 at 05:15.
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  5. Posts : 960
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Steve C said:
    Eagle51 posted this fix for search problems last week - may be worth a try? Also, check your indexing option in Control Panel include the folders you want to index.
    I'm not sure if im doing it right, but i have checked the options to include system folders and compressed files. I have also checked the option to always search for file names.

    FrillyBits said:
    Instead of struggling with Cortana and Windows Search my preference is to use third party software.
    Alright, so I just tested both of these programs, and they find everything that windows doesn't find, so windows search is definitely buggy. Still, I would like to fix windows search so I can search from the start menu, I have been doing that for years and Im used to doing it that way.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 27 Mar 2021 at 21:01.
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  6. Posts : 36,344
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    if I search for "Warcraft 3" windows will say that it found nothing even though the game is installed on my C drive.
    Does Warcraft 3 appear in Win 10's Start Menu? And does it appear in the same folder as the other shortcuts that are indexed?
    Have you tried this option (top left?)
    Windows search doesn't always work-1.png
    Bear in mind that Cortana search seems limited to what's been indexed- for deeper search it refers you to file explorer.

    Want a problem free start menu? Use one that really works. Classic Shell (free) which also uses Windows search and is customisable.
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  7. Posts : 7,222
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    Classic Shell is excellent. I configure it so mouse hover opens Classic Shell and left click opens the Windows Start Menu. That way you have access to both menus but I normally use Classic Shell. Classic Shell search works fine.
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  8. Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64, soon Windows 10 1903
       #8

    Yes Classic Shell's search is better as well as its menu navigation and all of its amazing customization. There are now many reasons to use it - the Windows 10 menu is worse at everything if you do an objective comparison.
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  9. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 x64
       #9

    Have you by any chance disabled the "let apps run in the background"-setting in your privacy settings? Doing that will cause problems for search and indexing.
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  10. Posts : 960
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Steve C said:
    Try resetting the Search Index by doing the following.
    Open regedit and navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search change SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0 and reboot PC.
    This caused windows to crash, and i coudnt recover windows afterwards. I have tried all the solutions offered by windows to recover my old installation, but windows didnt want to coorporate. I have been working really hard yesterday and today to try and get windows working again.

    xpclient said:
    Yes Classic Shell's search is better as well as its menu navigation and all of its amazing customization. There are now many reasons to use it - the Windows 10 menu is worse at everything if you do an objective comparison.
    I have been using classic shell for about a year, its amazing and i couldnt live without it.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 08 Aug 2018 at 14:37.
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