Windows 8.1, 10 Doesn’t Show ‘Settings’ Results in Smart Search

Radu Tyrsina
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Fresh new Windows 8.1 problem here! I know, nothing exciting…A user reports that Windows 8.1 not showing ‘Settings’ results in Smart Search when ‘Everything’ is selected. More details below.
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The Smart Search charm has some problems in Windows 8.1 and we have previously reported that for some users, it is very slow or with lags. Now, a new problem is reported by an user; he says the following:

The problem is exactly as described- Settings results are not being included in smart search results when ‘Everything’ is selected. For example if I type ‘uninstall a program’ I would expect to see the Uninstall A Program setting show up. If I change the filter from ‘Everywhere’ to “Settings’ it will then show up.

This machine was upgraded from Windows 8 with the option to “Keep Applications and Settings”. I’m wondering if it is some registry key or setting which is kept from the 8.0 causing this. Running this same search on another test machine which received a fresh 8.1 install works perfectly as expected.

I can understand his frustration very well. Ever since Microsoft removed the good old start button, most of us Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users are using the Smart Search bar heavily, not only for finding files, but for accessing certain settings, as well.

Read Also: Users Report Slow Search Charm Bar After Windows 8.1 Update

Now, the fact that settings aren’t included in search results is quite annoying. So, I hope we will manage to find together a solution for this problem. Do let us know if you happen to know any working fixes as we will continue to investigate.