WTF happened to simple start menu search from windows 8?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by TimmyP, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. TimmyP

    TimmyP MDL Novice

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    Example:

    Press Windows key, start typing the name of a program (ie: command prompt), and it used to find what you searched for, then you just press enter to launch.

    It seems that functionality is completely missing in windows 10. It will RARELY find anything I want.

    Unless I'm missing something...
     
  2. ReXX

    ReXX MDL Novice

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    Works just fine here. I just press windows key and type cmd, and it finds it straight away.
     
  3. pf100

    pf100 MDL Addicted

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    You'll have to use a start menu replacement software to get that functionality back. I've tried Classic Shell and StartIsBack++ and they both add search to the start menu.
     
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  4. freiwald

    freiwald MDL Member

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    just tried same here
     
  5. pf100

    pf100 MDL Addicted

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    I think he's saying the default windows search isn't finding stuff. Maybe he disabled the wrong thing with all this telemetry stuff.
     
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  6. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    You missed to install classic shell
     
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  7. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    Works exactly the same as in Windows 8. Press Start, start typing, searching happens. I use it frequently.
     
  8. shawnmos

    shawnmos MDL Member

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    Same here. No difference. You must have disabled something, like cortana.
     
  9. freiwald

    freiwald MDL Member

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    i got cortana disabled too (thank god) and it still works. searchui.exe still running... and search index is also not disabled.
     
  10. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Winkey+S is the search hotkey.
    Winkey by itself is and has always been the start button/screen

    On win7 the start menu just happened to default to the search box entry.
     
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  11. TrustMe

    TrustMe MDL Member

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    I bet he is not looking at the very top of the search results. The part in blue. I did the same thing when I first installed 10.
     
  12. Dream_cream

    Dream_cream MDL Novice

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    I think new start icon is much better than old one
     
  13. jasjeet

    jasjeet MDL Novice

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    #13 jasjeet, Aug 13, 2015
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    It doesn't work for me either. Fresh install no tweaks.

    For example I have my overclocking tools, realtemp, CPUz, prime95. All pinned to taskbar too.

    Search any of those in start, no results. If I go the the my stuff section it instead finds related files like ini's or text files, but not the actual program exe's. Pretty useless.

    Install start is back and it works. Works in 7 too.
     
  14. compgen_1534

    compgen_1534 MDL Addicted

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    Does anybody happen to know where the license information is stored for startisback++ in windows 10.

    Thanks :D
     
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    qwerty12 MDL Novice

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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\StartIsBack\License

    EDIT: Oh, OP, some Telemetry disabling scripts are a bit overzealous and disable the Windows Search service. StartIsBack and Classic Shell live fine without it, but I think 10's SearchUI is a bit more dependent upon it.
     
  16. compgen_1534

    compgen_1534 MDL Addicted

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    #16 compgen_1534, Aug 13, 2015
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    Thanks. Do you know how to reset the license after 30 days :D
    So it never expires

    Or do you have an activation key :)
    Thanks

    BTW: I just checked. The registry key "license" doesn't exist. Any ideas? Thanks
     
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  17. ikith

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    Not sure if we are all missing something here but when I press start, start typing command prompt, it comes up with the result for command prompt and hit enter and it opens command prompt.
     
  18. qwerty12

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    Ah, I've been using the same license key I got since Windows 8's launch (Tihiy was selling two licenses back then for $3, which I jumped at, considering his experience with Explorer hacking - Windows 7 Explorer on 8, Windows 98 Revolutions Pack...). I assumed you had already activated SiB and wanted to backup your activation...
     
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    #19 compgen_1534, Aug 13, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
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  20. pf100

    pf100 MDL Addicted

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    Check your pm's.
     
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