Windows 10: How to add stuff in Windows Start menu search?

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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #11

    Do you have this setting enabled in Cortana Settings?

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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #12

    Neycroir said: View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I am not talking about the search bar, I have it hidden, too. I'm talking of the start menu, exactly the menu your screenshot shows. I have the feeling that this is not the expected user experience but that me and lolcocks somehow have run into a bug. Of course, restart doesn't help here.
    Hi there

    I'm running build 10240 and RTM and it works on both machines. Have you applied the latest updates and done a re-boot.

    I'm very happy with it now. Here's what Windows up (that's all I had to type --) shows - direct into the settings.
    When I had typed win it was showing WINAMP which I have installed - so I just kept typing until windows update showed.

    IMO works perfectly and really easy.


    I don't know if activation (or lack of) causes any problems as you can't personalise your machine if not activated - I used the "bog standard" default settings anyway -- both these machines though are activated.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #13

    @lolcocks: in Win7 this was not dependent on registry settings. Start menu search simply looked what you typed up in places like "%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" - and what I and you are searching for is definitely stored in there!
    @fracking4oil: no cortana active. Cortana needs an MS account which I do not want to have. Could you please test if you can still search for your desktop apps if you temporarily disable Cortana?
    @jimbo45: I'm running the final build, I got it via MS' Media Creation Tool x64. I'm running the latest updates (30.07. 12:03 UTC+1) with the machine restarted. Windows 10 says it's activated (though I don't remember to have entered my product key ... remember this is a clean install and not an upgrade install from a running Win7.)

    @all: I also upgraded my Tablet OS from 8.1 to 10 via Media Creation Tool x86. Start menu search works there as expected with no Cortana active. On the tablet I did an upgrade keeping all my files, settings and apps.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #14

    Neycroir said: View Post
    @lolcocks: in Win7 this was not dependent on registry settings. Start menu search simply looked what you typed up in places like "%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" - and what I and you are searching for is definitely stored in there!
    @fracking4oil: no cortana active. Cortana needs an MS account which I do not want to have. Could you please test if you can still search for your desktop apps if you temporarily disable Cortana?
    @jimbo45: I'm running the final build, I got it via MS' Media Creation Tool x64. I'm running the latest updates (30.07. 12:03 UTC+1) with the machine restarted. Windows 10 says it's activated (though I don't remember to have entered my product key ... remember this is a clean install and not an upgrade install from a running Win7.)

    @all: I also upgraded my Tablet OS from 8.1 to 10 via Media Creation Tool x86. Start menu search works there as expected with no Cortana active. On the tablet I did an upgrade keeping all my files, settings and apps.


    Then how do I go about fixing this?
    I can access Windows Update from the inside but it is very annoying.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #15

    I don't know why it works on my table and why it does not work on my desktop computer. Still no luck with google finding other users affected by this. Let's hope more users chime in here and describe in detail what they did ending up with this bug so we can maybe find a pattern causing it.
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  6.    30 Jul 2015 #16

    Neycroir said: View Post
    I don't know why it works on my table and why it does not work on my desktop computer. Still no luck with google finding other users affected by this. Let's hope more users chime in here and describe in detail what they did ending up with this bug so we can maybe find a pattern causing it.

    Seriously. More light needs to be shed upon this.
    Or atleast add a way to be able to access these apps via search.

    Can has any idea where these entries are in the registry so one can manually add them?
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #17

    It seems that the indexer is quite slow when rebuilding the database even using an SSD. After hours, it works here.

    If problems persist, it may be a good idea to re-index: Control panel->indexing->advanced->rebuild
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  8.    30 Jul 2015 #18

    Neycroir said: View Post
    It seems that the indexer is quite slow when rebuilding the database even using an SSD. After hours, it works here.

    If problems persist, it may be a good idea to re-index: Control panel->indexing->advanced->rebuild

    Nope. Didn't work.
    I have the following things missing in search:

    Windows Update
    uTorrent
    CCleaner


    Need a way to add these things to search manually.
    Anyone know any way to index something manually?
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  9.    30 Jul 2015 #19

    Control panel->indexing: Check in the upper part of the window if indexing is still going on or if it's done. If it's still going on and the number of indexed elements keeps rising every 10 seconds or so, you simply have to wait. If it's done, there should be a statement like "Finished indexing".


    Also, check what folders get indexed. First, activate the option "show hidden files and folders" by opening the Explorer, then check View->Hidden Elements. Now open Control panel->indexing->change/customize (again, I don't know the exact name of the button) and then check if the following folders are checked for indexing: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Startmenu C:\Users
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  10.    30 Jul 2015 #20

    Neycroir said: View Post
    Control panel->indexing: Check in the upper part of the window if indexing is still going on or if it's done. If it's still going on and the number of indexed elements keeps rising every 10 seconds or so, you simply have to wait. If it's done, there should be a statement like "Finished indexing".


    Also, check what folders get indexed. First, activate the option "show hidden files and folders" by opening the Explorer, then check View->Hidden Elements. Now open Control panel->indexing->change/customize (again, I don't know the exact name of the button) and then check if the following folders are checked for indexing: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Startmenu C:\Users

    Yes, everything you said is there.
    It simply just won't show up.

    I guess I will have to reinstall Windows.
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