I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit install to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (build 10240 from "winver") last month. The Start Menu search, ever since I upgraded, has always been really slow at finding things, but now it's died. I have a pretty decent, but old laptop: i7-2670QM quad-core, 8GB DDR3, GT 555M, Plextor M3S 256GB SSD. The SSD is a tad full (15GB free), but it worked fine on Windows 7.
Nothing is found: the search is perpetually stuck on those 5 loading dots, even when I search for "control panel", "windows update", or "calculator". This is after waiting 30 seconds:
Rebooting - no change
Rebuilding the search index - no change ("278,754 items indexed. Indexing complete.")
Adding "Program Files" & "Program Files (x86)" to the search index - no change
Turned online results off - no change
Turned Cortana off - no change
Ran the System File Checker (sfc /scannow) - no errors found
Ran a virus scan (Avira Free), a malware scan (Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware Free), and I use an exploit blocker (Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free). All detected 0 viruses/malware/exploits.
What is the issue here? I would've thought finding the dang Calculator app should've worked! The File Explorer search is working fine. Just the Start Menu search is dead.
I have hundreds of videos but when I try to search for them by using IN this PC the Kind:=video command the search come up empty. It simply cannot find anything I ask it to search for. I do not want to use third party search applications. I just want it to work.
Supposedly the Search functionality searches the directory tree C:Users... Well I created a subfolder in that tree (C:UsersmynameMy Start Menu) and in that subfolder I have a shortcut to an .exe. But Search can't find the shortcut (or the .exe). I really don't want to rebuild the index just for this one file (especially since I'm not convinced that would work). So I'm asking, is there somewhere else I can put my shortcut so that Search will find it?
I have a program group that contains a bunch of shortcuts. Some are applications. Some are shortcut links to web pages or web-based control panels. The problem is that ever since I upgraded to Windows 10, searching doesn't find the web shortcuts.
For example, "Password Generator" is a desktop app and a shortcut to it appears in this program group. So I press the Windows key and type "pass" and "Password Generator" pops right up. "Avast Cloud" also appears in this program group, a shortcut for [URL] ....
But when I hit the Windows key and type "avast" I get nothing. I can click through the "All apps" menu and it's there, but search can't find it. I have rebuilt the index, of course. But this behavior is very consistent and applies to all shortcuts that go to a URL. It means I spend extra time hunting things in the menu rather than pulling them right up with search.
Usually when you hit start and begin typing the name of the program you want to start, it shows up right away, right?
I have a clean install of windows 10 on my C: drive and programs on the F: drive that are from when I used w7 (not ok i know but if a program stops working I'll just reinstall it), but when I search for Steam for example, it won't show up even if that folder is in the index and I even added steam to the start menu, so when I click start I can see steam there but it won't find it if I begin typing S-T-E..
Is there any way of including all programs in the search function or do I have to reinstall every program? This problem applies for every program that are on the F: drive and it seems unnecessary to add every program to the start menu just to be able to access them quickly, you know.
Before upgrading, I could search for things like Device Manager or Driver Update, and I could locate it, now nothing turns up at all. Nothing for device manager. No results for "driver" I think before it had a result for driver updates by default.There are results for printer, which is nice. I know there should be something similar for Device Manager.
When I "search my stuff" from the start menu, some files that I know to be indexed never show up in the results. And at the top of the search window, it reads: "These results may be incomplete, search is still indexing your stuff."
I've rebuilt the search index, which says it finished successfully, indexing 3000-something items, but the problem remains.
I got Windows 10 home a few months now. No problems whatsoever with the installation or setup/usage and it'd fast and bug free. My problem happened just last week...
I used to press the WIN key & S to search for files. Or i can press the START button and just start typing. It will search for my files & search the internet (cortana search). Now nothing happens when i search.
When i press WIN+S, and type something, it just sit's there doing nothing, but it seems like Cortana is thinking or about to give out information, but nothing happens at all. Same as on the start menu. I type out something and no information is given, it wont search for any of my files or nothing.
I am at a lost. In the past, it worked perfectly, like Windows 8.1. Press START, & type.
I've noticed now on multiple computers I've installed Windows 10 on, that a quick win-key search isn't able to bring up installed apps. I'm sure this isn't how it's meant to be, and that there must be a fix... right?
Problem:I press Start / I type the filename of any files I know exist in my Google Drive folder (c:/users/Luke/Google Drive) nothing appears.It says "Windows is still indexing some files. This might not be everything just yet."
Thing is, if I go to Indexing Options, it clearly says "Indexing complete." and there's no HDD activity (and it's had ages to rebuild the index)... and I rebuilt the index (~500,000 files).
The best workaround I've found is switching off Indexing (which reveals files in Google Drive folder, but now searching the whole computer takes forever)
On my desktop computer I have a folder and some files which have a common part of a name on both such as the name of the folder could be Folder and the files could be called Folder/file1, Folder/file2 etc. Doing a search in documents or even drilling down closer(these folders and files are about 5 levels down, if I used the name Folder, I don't find the folder or the files which had Folder as part of their name.
I cleared the search file and rebuilt the index and it still couldn't find the files.
I have a laptop which contains the same files as my desktop. I opened explorer and keyed in "Folder" and they popped right up. The only difference in the machines is that the desktop has an upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and the laptop is a Windows 10 from scratch. I have checked the search ribbon on explorer and all options and other items are identical between the two machines.
When I rebuilt the search file, I even added the drive that actually contained the Documents folder which the system is smart enough to know that the drive contained the documents folder so it removed the documents folder from the list when it added the drive. No change.
Interesting thing happened though. With all my frustrations, I restored to a C drive image from a week before to see what would happen. and immediately after the restore completed, I tried the search and it worked. So then I tried it again and it didn't work. Even drilling down the folder tree to the specific folder which contained the files so I'm looking at them while I'm keying in the search argument and it still can't find them.
Earlier today I tried to rebuild the windows search index, only to find out that I currently have no locations indexed. I also cannot modify to add any new locations. Windows search troubleshooter shows the following results:
I went to services and tried to start the windows search service, only to be given an error message about the path specified not existing. This doesn't make any sense because I can literally see the windows search executable:
I installed Windows 10 from Windows 7 and I have some minor problems with the start menu. When I search for an installed program most of the times it wont find it but instead it will show me to look it on the web. I believe that it has a connection with the fact that the menu "All apps" doesn't show all apps but only some of them.
I usually see the restore points created by windows but it isn't everyday backup, so I want to do a daily restore point backups, I went to Task Scheduler >> Windows>>System Restore, there is a task already there, I changed it to be daily at 4am, and It's enabled.
I check everyday in history and I see that the job is successfully done, but if I go to restore points I don't see any of those backups except the ones which Windows creates randomly or after installations.
Other than going through each and every task in the task scheduler, is there a way to see those that are allowed to wake the machine while it is sleeping? My PC woke up this morning at 3:30 am. It then went back to sleep about ten minutes later. I've checked all of the normal things (no auto-maintenance, etc.) so I' suspecting it is a task that woke the PC up.
One of the 1st things I do with a new PC is create & test a recovery drive. This is the 3rd Windows 10 PC I've worked on-all Toshiba Satellites by coincidence. This one seems to have a problem, possibly creating the recovery drive and if not that then certainly using it. Or else I've forgotten how I used it on the other two. I test it by doing a restore from system image-since I create it immediately after completing setup I haven't lost anything and this assures me that if nothing else I can get back to 'ground zero'.
This is the 3rd time I've tried this on the new PC. The first time it said it was unable to create the recovery drive. I checked the USB stick & tried again. That time is 'successfully' created the drive. Both times 'copy system image to recovery drive' was checked. When I tested the 'successfully' created drive it couldn't find a system image on it.
So I'm trying it again and it's just sitting on the 'Please Wait' screen-for 20 minutes so far. Presumably it's erasing the drive so I'm reluctant to simply reboot. And this is the last 16GB USB stick I have. Should I shut it down & try again, get another USB stick, or what? Or have I totally forgotten what I did on the previous 2 PC's that worked?
I opened my computer after having it been asleep all night; everything was working fine until I realized that my sound volume was stuck at a high level and no matter what I changed the volume to, it would not go down. Having had issues with my sound drivers before, I solved this by reinstalling the sound driver. I figured this would be the end of my issues for the day and restarted the computer to finalize the installation. Then windows installed updates, and when I got back into the system, I realized something was wrong. I have Advanced System Care 9, which comes with a real-time monitor of system usage (RAM and CPU), and I noticed that the CPU usage was much higher than it should be--usually it will be around 1-5% when I am not running anything (or just a few programs), but instead it was using 20-90% CPU, and the RAM would not go any lower than 24%.
However, I had had this issue before; Bitdefender Antivirus had started acting up a few days ago using up 90-100% CPU, and I had caught it using Microsoft Process Explorer. Removing Bitdefender solved the problem. So, naturally, I went to the process explorer to check what was using so much CPU again. But this time--nothing. The windows process explorer showed nothing using that much CPU. From there, I began to notice the rest of the problems: many functions of the task bar would not work, such as any of the toolbar icons, or the windows icon, or Cortana. Firefox would not open, either, and I could not get Steam to connect.
Also Ctrl+alt+delete did nothing but bring up an endless black screen, as did restarting. The only way to reboot is to force it by pressing the power button. Therefore I could not reach safe mode. From there I ran a myriad of virus/malware/adware scanners/cleaners/optimizers, none of which found or did anything to fix the problems, though my computer is now squeaky clean otherwise! Eventually I managed to get into safe mode by a very finicky method, which was by turning the computer off during startup which made it do a startup repair next time it turned on, from which I was able to enter safe mode.
And in safe mode--everything works. None of the described issues happen there. I am able to use all the windows features (aside from those blocked in safe mode), ctrl+alt+delete and restarting function properly, and I am able to connect to the internet and use firefox, everything works. So this means that there is something there causing the problems, and it is being blocked by safe mode, but I cannot find it! After running several more scanners, all of which found either nothing, or only small innocuous things, I ran Microsoft Safety Scanner, which found a "severe" trojan which was (I believe) called Dynammer!ac, and I figured this must have been the culprit--but no. Restarting and returning to normal mode resulted in the same problems occurring. Since then I have uninstalled/reinstalled a few drivers that were suggested to me to try, such as sound (the one that I had to replace before the problems started), and the display drivers, none of which fixed anything, either.
I installed Windows 10 very recently and I like it, but I have a VERY BIG show-stopper: when I try to do search in the start menu, it's terrible; it cannot even find an application that I have manually pinned to start. I didn't have any such problem with Windows 8.1. I have also installed some other desktop applications, for example GitHub for Windows, but when I start to to type "Git...", it only finds "GitHub" and it cannot find "Git Shell" and I have to go to all programs, find "G", then expand the folder for this application and run that application.