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It seems I have to open File Explorer and use the search box there to search the contents of my IE Favorites folder. Is there anyway to add the same capability to the Start Screen Search. So far all I can do is put in the word "favorites" and start screen search finds the Favorites folder but it can't find any of the internet shortcuts (*.url files) within the Favorites folder. Is this normal? If so how can I change the normal behavior so it works like the start button search from Vista and Win7?

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I am at a loss, this is a fresh OS install about a month ago on a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. All my drivers are up to date, I didn't have this issue a week ago but I did have a system restore point that I restored my computer to and that didn't fix it.

I also tried the Windows Startup Repair, and it tells me it could not repair it and to check my log at "F:/Window...." whereas I have NO F:/ drive and Windows is obviously installed on my C:/ drive (also, it will not allow me to "refresh" my computer. *I have legit Windows 8 Keys that I purchased

I have tried disabling the fast boot in power options.
I have ran a registry cleaner (ccleaner, I hate running cleaners but it was a desperate measure).
I tried creating a new user account.

I checked my Event Viewer and these are common errors I am seeing:

The driver DriverWudfRd failed to load for the device SWDWPDBUSENUM{69d0e255-85f2-11e3-be67-806e6f6e6963}#0000000000100000.

The server {9BA05972-F6A8-11CF-A442-00A0C90A8F39} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout.

The machine-default permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID




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Winkey-F, "dork", enter.

No worky. However, after some period of time, the file will be included in the search results. Or at least I'm pretty sure a file started to come up after a few days.

Now, If one were to have made the same new file in My Documents, insta-worky. That directory is included/indexed/cashed/whatever it's called.

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Perhaps a "path" type environmental variable exists for search - I would imagine.

("Otherwise" - as in perhaps manually refreshing the cache before a search - which is lame, but serves the purpose.)

[I'm thinking Winkey-F isn't the tool.] Is there a grep type function or tool - that is absolutely categorically going to look at an entire drive for a file, regardless of system, hidden, whatever?

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In Windows 7 I could type in utorrent and press enter on my keybord, if that's what i was looking for, instead of having to type utorrent.exe. And because it was the first search result it would then open the program (or file etc.) that I was looking for automatically.

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Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified."

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The CBS.log file is too large to upload to here or paste into pastebin, so here is a dropbox upload of it:

What other way, aside from a repair install, do I have to fix my missing files and services?


Processor: Intel i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview with Media Center
Motherboard: Z68A-D3H-83
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Is there a way to refresh this? I can't right-click on the entry either--it doesn't do anything.

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