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The start menu on my Windows 7 Pro does not show the search input field (for, e.g., searching programs). How can I restore it?

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If you want to enable Windows Search, click on Start and select Control Panel.

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In Control Panel switch to Large Icons View and click on Programs and Features.

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Next in the left panel click on the Turn Windows features on or off hyperlink.

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Scroll down the list and check the box next to Windows Search.

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Now click Ok in the Windows Features window.

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Then a restart is required to complete the changes.

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Source: How-To Geek - How to enable/disable Search in Windows 7?


Also, hit WIN+R and then start gpedit.msc.

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Under Computer Configuration and User Configuration, repeat twice:

  1. Open Administrative Templates, then All Settings.

  2. Sort by State, check for anything enabled/disabled.

  3. Sort the State again in the opposite direction, check again.

  4. Do you see anything search related that is configured?

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