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I'm re-installing the OEM Win10 on a laptop in a stripped-down form with the intent of creating a V-Box image from it. I used NTLite to edit the original image, removing some items a Linux-hosted virtual OS won't need. Then removed some more when I installed it using Bob.Omb’s Modified Win10PEx64.

My problem is that I inadvertently removed one element that is a deal-breaker. It's missing the Start Button's "Search Programs and Files" function. I got the magnifying glass icon on the taskbar to re-appear but it doesn't do anything. It flashes when I click on it but no search window pops up. Nor does the WinKey-S shortcut open anything.

The reason it's a deal-breaker is that it's far faster to use the programs search than to rifle through the menu to locate little-use applications.

I don't know what I might have checked in the editing process to cause it to be removed but if I can't figure this out I'll have to start from the beginning with NTLite, which is a lot more backtracking than I'd care to have to do.

So if you know how that one specific function might be restored/enabled, I'd be grateful for the help.

  • Let me guess you have no idea what option you selected? Did you remove Cortana? What version of windows 10 are you running? – Ramhound Dec 20 '19 at 19:23

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