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Windows 7: can't find search button


18 Dec 2010   #1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 
can't find search button

My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium.I haven't used the Search Burton that you generally find when clicking the Start button since I have an application that I've had for years that works just as well. However, today I decided to use it, but it's not there. I click on Start but can't find it. I put on the Run command which usually isn't there by default. So I tried doing it the same way to put the Search button there. I've tried everything but I still can't find it. Would appreciate some advice.
Thanks. ~Frank~


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18 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Did you disable it in "Windows Programs and Features"?

Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on of off. Now tick the "Windows Search" box

Windows Search - Turn On or Off

Try the windows key and f at the same time
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18 Dec 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The application that you use for search has probably clobbered it.
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18 Dec 2010   #4

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Did you disable it in "Windows Programs and Features"?
Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on of off. Now tick the "Windows Search" box

Try the windows key and f at the same time
After trying it, try running sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt.
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18 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Frank,

The Search button on the dark right side of the Start Menu was never available in Windows 7. However, the tutorial below will help show how to add it back.

Start Menu - Add or Remove Search Button

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Dec 2010   #6

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Brink, That was some very interesting information from the link that you provided! I tried it and it worked. It gave me two pieces of information. In addition to the information on how to add the Search button, I didn't know that if you hit the Windows + F, it would bring up the search box. But I did replace the Help and Support with the Search button anyway. Then since I found out that by pressing the Windows Key + F, would give me the same results as using the Search button, I did Option Two and put back the default Help and Support Button. Thanks again. I can now tell my wife that I am smarter today than I was yesterday.
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19 Dec 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Frank. I'm glad that we could help.
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19 Dec 2010   #8

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Well done, Shawn.
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