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Windows 7: start menu search box doesn't display results from some folders

02 Mar 2015   #1
Valid User Name

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
start menu search box doesn't display results from some folders

In Indexing Options, I've selected C:\Users\validusername and all its sub-folders (except appData) to be indexed. When I search in the validusername folder from Windows Explorer, everything works fine. But when I enter the exact same search terms in the start menu search box, I get results from some folders, but not others.

The folders that are "working" include Contacts, Downloads, Favorites, Links, and Saved Games; the folders that are NOT working include Desktop, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos. I can't for the life of me see the pattern.

Under Customize Start menu, under "Search other files and libraries", I've selected "Search with public folders". I can't think of any other relevant settings off the top of my head.

I've already rebuilt the index, but that didn't solve the problem.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here? After Googling everything I could think of for n hours, I'm just about at the end of my rope. Please let me know if I can provide any other information or run any experiments that would help you investigate the problem.


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02 Mar 2015   #2
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

I almost always notice a "See more results" at the bottom of a Start menu search, so maybe it's because the result space is limited when you do a search from there. Clicking on the "See more results" brings up windows explorer.
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02 Mar 2015   #3
Valid User Name

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Unfortunately, that's not the problem. If I search for a file that I know is in the "bad" folders, but not in the "good" folders, I just get "No items match your search." So I know that the results I'm looking for aren't just getting crowded out.
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03 Mar 2015   #4
f14tomcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Valid User Name View Post
In Indexing Options, I've selected C:\Users\validusername and all its sub-folders (except appData) to be indexed. When I search in the validusername folder from Windows Explorer, everything works fine. But when I enter the exact same search terms in the start menu search box, I get results from some folders, but not others.

The folders that are "working" include Contacts, Downloads, Favorites, Links, and Saved Games; the folders that are NOT working include Desktop, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos. I can't for the life of me see the pattern.

Under Customize Start menu, under "Search other files and libraries", I've selected "Search with public folders". I can't think of any other relevant settings off the top of my head.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here? After Googling everything I could think of for n hours, I'm just about at the end of my rope. Please let me know if I can provide any other information or run any experiments that would help you investigate the problem.
Take a look here. My Documents, "MY" anything, really is just a symbolic link to the real folder. My Documents points to Documents, etc.

Take a look at this thread. Try an index rebuild, it may be corrupt.

Confused Between The Difference - "My Documents" & "Documents"-Win7?
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03 Mar 2015   #5
Valid User Name

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
My Documents, "MY" anything, really is just a symbolic link to the real folder. My Documents points to Documents, etc.
I can't believe I didn't notice before that all the "problem" folders are "My" folders. I think you may be onto something. EDIT: Never mind, I forgot about the Desktop folder. But could the Desktop folder use some sort of weird alias the way the "My _______" folders do? Then the pattern would still hold.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
Try an index rebuild, it may be corrupt.
I forgot to mention in the original post that I've already rebuilt the index, and it didn't fix the problem.
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26 May 2016   #6
ManiacDC

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Found a solution in another thread!
Win 7 x64 Start Menu Search Is Not Searching Documents
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