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Windows 7: Start Menu - typing program name is not working


21 Oct 2009   #1
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 
Start Menu - typing program name is not working

Hi there,

I'm still new to 7, but for some reason when I want to type a program name in Start Menu doesn't seem to work or doesn't find the program.

For example typing this is not coming up like on the screen below:



basically I get: Nothing found.



Is this something to do with searching preferences?

Thanks

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21 Oct 2009   #2
BFG

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

that example doesn't work for me either, but other things work just fine
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21 Oct 2009   #3
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

but also typing appdata brings up some other search results and not like in vista where it takes me to AppData location straight away. WTF?
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21 Oct 2009   #4
BFG

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

I've only ever done you're examples in the run command and not the start menu search so I don't know if it worked in vista or not. But in 7 it seems you'll need to open up run

i assumed the start menu search was only for jumping to programs and files like it said
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21 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

You are using the RTM version? Because I don't believe "userpasswords2" is in the RTM version. At least I do not get it. However the run box works. netplwiz.exe is the same thing as userpasswords2 so try that.
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21 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You can use netplwiz instead of control userpasswords2 to open Advanced User Accounts.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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22 Oct 2009   #7
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for your reply guys. Netplwiz indeed works, however it's not all about this one. Like I mentioned in vista I could type "appdata" and it took me to my AppData without opening run.
Obviously I have to get use to it now... and yes my 7 is rtm 7600
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22 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)
 
 

In order for me to get appdata I have to enter
shell:appdata

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/shell-commands-to-access-the-special-folders/

But if I recall that was my situation in Vista as well. Another workaround is to create a folder with shortcuts to folders (I have numerous ones for shell:.... and CP items) in a folder. Index the folder and they will pop right up.



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22 Oct 2009   #9

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

yes shell:appdata

or Start > Run %appdata%

(Win+R will also bring up a run box)
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22 Oct 2009   #10
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hi,

thanks for your advices. I knot how to run these things, I just want to know why can't I do it from Start Search in 7, that's all.
It obviously depends on the 7 version..
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