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Cortana Search is not finding applications on Windows 10

For the past several versions (since Windows Vista, I think), if you hit the Windows key and start typing, Windows will search for applications. Since upgrading to Windows 10 with Cortana, she is ...
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Windows 10 Search in apps behaves weird [duplicate]

When I wanted to launch an app in Windows 7 (or Gnome), I pressed the windows key and typed the name of the app, for example, "Firefox", and pressed enter. Now in Windows 10 the Search Windows have ...
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How do I restore the start menu after killing explorer.exe?

In Windows 7 64 bit, I killed explorer.exe, and then via the task manager do file->run "." This method has always caused the start menu to reappear, but right now it doesn't. After killing a rogue ...
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Windows 10 is not finding all my applications

I am having an odd issue with Windows 10 and it seems to have started about a month ago. When opening an application, I usually just click in the Cortana search bar and type a few letters of the ...
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Windows 10 search issues

I've updated to Windows 10 and having the following issues: Can't find things like Windows Update, Disk Management, Device Manager, Power Options etc. Whatever I search, even if it does find it, it ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu search not working for new apps

After installing Windows 10, while typing in the Start menu, I was able to search for some basic programs and system elements like Control Panel. After some initial setup and installing some ...
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Delete search "cache" in Windows 10 (search finding non-existent / old programs)

I recently installed Office 2016. In my start menu I can see the Office 2016 shortcuts, such as Excel 2016: However, when I type "Excel" in the Windows Search bar, I still only see "Excel 2013", ...
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Windows Search using cortana closes 2 seconds after typing a single character and no result are displayed

I can type one letter in the search field and then am prevented from typing more. Then cortana closes: I tried running the windows index troubleshooter, and no problems were found. I tried running ...
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Broken Startmenu on AD-User on Windows 10

I have used windows 10 without problems for some weeks now on my office PC at work. I'm logging in with an active directory user. I have recently upgraded to Windows 10. Yesterday i encountered an ...
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Windows 10 search not showing as many results?

For example, Network and Internet are not showing up. Another one is the individual options in Control Panel, such as System, Programs and Features, etc. Also, Device manager is not showing up. Is ...
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Windows 10 search bar malfunctioning

Hey so I'm having issues with the windows 10 search bar on the bottom left which are it really slow, and it not finding files. I just upgraded from windows 8.1 and I absolutely LOVED the charms search ...
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Windows Start Menu Search can not find installed apps

So a few days ago i had a system crash and i had to reinstall my windows install. But since then whenever i go to the start menu and start typing it cannot find any installed apps, except the default ...
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Windows 10 does not search for Help files (CHM)

There was a feature in Windows 8 I liked very much: possibility to find a help file using the system search. I mean the search that is invoked when you press the Win key and start typing the thing you ...
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Using wildcards in Windows 10 search for applications

To start any application, I hit (the Windows Key) to start search, and then type fire to search for Firefox, and then click on it when it appears. When I want to start, e.g., WinSCP, I sometimes ...
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Windows 10 Indexing Options Cannot be Accessed (and Windows Search is Not Working)

On a fully updated, freshly rebooted Window 10, I'm logged in as the domain administrator. Windows 10 search (via start-menu > type something) is not working, so I thought I'd try re-indexing, ...
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