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When I open the Start menu and type, search is not working. If I press Win+Q and type, search is not working. I also tried Win+F to no avail.

I can’t even find the indexing options to check my index locations. The main problem is with search in the Metro start menu.

On the same computer, this function worked in the developer preview version.

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Did you upgrade or do a fresh install? In the first case you might want to do a fresh reinstall. – Tom Wijsman Mar 1 '12 at 2:31
I did upgrade. And i dont want fresh install for now.. I thought that such things like search are not THAT system integrated. Its just another application with its index database, thats all... – 0x49D1 Mar 1 '12 at 6:28
I guess it takes the Windows Search database from your previous installation and continues on that, and if that's somehow broken then you have a problem. Try resetting the Windows Search Index. – Tom Wijsman Mar 1 '12 at 6:47
Thank you for suggestion. But how do i reset it? Cant even find Indexing Options(No such item in classic Control Panel) – 0x49D1 Mar 1 '12 at 6:55
Use the "to rebuild the index" link on… – Tom Wijsman Mar 1 '12 at 6:58

The Developer Preview is substantially different to the Consumer Preview. Shortcuts, programs and concepts from one do not necessarily transfer to the other.

The Indexing service options are still available in the legacy Control Panel which can be accessed via the Metro control panel.

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Looked carefully in Control Panel. There is no Indexing Options. Anyway new start menu is really not useful without such indexed search(in my case). – 0x49D1 Feb 29 '12 at 19:54
You should look for the Indexing Options in the normal Control Panel, not in the Metro Control Panel. The Metro Control panel mostly only applies to the Metro part of Windows 8, while all the rest can be found in the normal Control Panel. – Tom Wijsman Mar 1 '12 at 2:31
Sure ive looked in normal one. Cant provide the screenshot now, because im at work. – 0x49D1 Mar 1 '12 at 6:28
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I have added Windows Search from Windows components; that helped. I don't know why, but it wasn't checked.

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