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Oct 1, 2013

My file search is not finding files which I know are there, including files that I find and then try a search to see if windows eight can also find them. I have tried all the solutions' offered by googling 'windows 8 not finding file' such as the troubleshooter . One suggestion was to change the location of where to search to 'everywhere' but this option is greyed out.

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I manage a lots of PCs, and this problem is not on just one PC, this happens on a lot of PCs randomly. All these PCs have separate Microsoft accounts.

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