I'm setting up my dad's new Windows 8 PC. At some point after using the Easy Transfer utility to transfer his files from XP and installing Norton Internet Security - I don't know if those are related, they are just variables that I know about, IE10 no longer searches from the address bar - it treats everything like an actual address, so typing "cute kittens" results in it actually trying to go to http colon slash slash cute%20kittens (SU doesn't like me actually putting in a link to such a non-existent site). It doesn't even show the list of search providers when you start typing.
The only information I can find on the internet seems to indicate that this is controlled by group policy and should be fixed in the registry under hkcu/software/policies/Microsoft/internet explorer, but I don't have that key in the registry, and there's not group policy really involved anyway.
I don't see a simple "search from address bar" or similar setting in IE10 settings, but maybe I'm just missing something simple like that.
I have Norton Internet Security installed, and it's attendant browser add-ons, but I disabled those and searching still wasn't working after restarting IE10. I also have ClassicShell installed, and disabled all the IVOSoft add-ons listed, still no luck.