Since doing a fresh install of Windows 8 x64 RTM I'm having trouble starting apps from the start screen. In previous version I could just start typing the apps name and I would be presented with a list of matches that decreased in number as I continued typing.

In the RTM version I have to type complete words to find a match. i.e. if I want to run powershell I have to type in powershell before I get any hits. Like wise if I want to start Visual Studio I have to type visual before I get a match. If I continue and start typing Studio the match goes away and doesn't return until I finish typing studio.

This problem does not affect Setting or Files which show all possible matches.

Any ideas what is wrong?

  • There is nothing wrong. I would assume this behavior is based on your current system's settings.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 24 '12 at 12:41
  • It seems pretty wrong to me, is this the normal experience in the RTM version? Is there anyway to change this 'system setting'?
    – Ian Oakes
    Sep 24 '12 at 12:54
  • You would change it the same way you would change any of the search options for Windows.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 24 '12 at 14:02

Check folder options Search Tab, be sure "find partial matches" is ticked.

Control Panel > Folder Options

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just get start8 :P save yourself all the trouble of learning annoying short-cuts lol.

start menu link: http://windowswise.com/windows-8-start-menu/

nothing like bringing the classic stuff back!

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