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?
If you want to enable Windows Search, click on Start and select Control Panel.
In Control Panel switch to Large Icons View and click on Programs and Features.
Next in the left panel click on the Turn Windows features on or off hyperlink.
Scroll down the list and check the box next to Windows Search.
Now click Ok in the Windows Features window.
Then a restart is required to complete the changes.
Also, hit WIN+R and then start
Under Computer Configuration and User Configuration, repeat twice:
Open Administrative Templates, then All Settings.
Sort by State, check for anything enabled/disabled.
Sort the State again in the opposite direction, check again.
Do you see anything search related that is configured?