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Using Windows 8, if regedit is pinned to the start screen, I can press the Windows key and type r-e-g-e-d-i-t. regedit appears from the first keypress and the other entries gradually disappear with each keypress exactly as you would expect.

However, if I unpin it from the start screen, it doesn't appear until I have typed the name in full (the "apps" count goes from 0 to 1 as I type the final 't')

Does the start screen search feature only search pinned apps? If so, why does regedit appear at all?

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I just tried your experiment. There is an app named "REG" which I've never seen before. No clue what it is or does. The app will not pin to the task bar, even though a right click produces an option to do exactly that (i.e., pin it). Clicking on the rectangle which holds the word "REG" produces no observable behavior. I join you in wondering what's going on. –  User.1 May 7 '13 at 18:12
    
By pinning it to the start screen the search is able to look at your pinned applications before it starts to look at other locations. –  Ramhound May 7 '13 at 19:26
    
what I don't get is why it will find regedit (when not pinned) by typing in the full name but not by typing reged, because as far as i understand that's not the way the search screen is supposed to work –  Andy May 8 '13 at 10:05
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@User.1: reg.exe provides command-line access to the registry and has been around for a long time now. –  Karan May 9 '13 at 17:04
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@User.1: Perhaps the cmd window opens and closes so fast you don't notice it, or quite likely the window pops up and closes on the desktop side of things and thus nothing is visible on the Start Screen. –  Karan May 9 '13 at 17:40

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