Windows 10 search

On windows 10 how do you search for programs , so if you want to open the notepad for example how do you search for it.

The regular search , searches the web and doesn't find the app/ program.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Click on Windows + R and start typing Not.... and Notepad will show up.
alonig1Author Commented:
Please read the question, and don't try to answer just for the sake of answering.

The question was how do I search for apps, not how do I use a shortcut. The notepad was just an example of a program.

How do I search for Photoshop ? again EXAMPLE.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can find any program with Winkey+R . I have done it. Have you ever used it. Also, use the Search Icon and search for local things. Works.  Photoshop shows up with this method also.

What did you upgrade from: Windows 7 maybe?

And for your information I DO read and I have done all this stuff. Try it yourself please. It does work.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
search for visual studio seems to work for me
alonig1Author Commented:
Yes I did upgrade ,

and when I search for photoshop , notepad, etc... it doesn't find it.

see file attached.
alonig1Author Commented:
It doesn't find the program itself.

There is store and web.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it takes time to index things..
alonig1Author Commented:
Really , even the built in windows program such as notepad, it needs to index these to .

and its been more then 48 hours.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
search for note Remember the search indexer runs at a very low priority
alonig1Author Commented:
How long do you have yours? (when did you install windows )
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also upgrading from Windows 7 leaves you 4 generations of systems and 5 years behind and things have changed several times since Windows 7.

As noted above, make sure indexing is complete.

I tested both methods (all the search methods) I suggested in my Windows 10 machine and they work great. Very similar to the Windows 8.1 machine I have.
alonig1Author Commented:
Still not working.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just upgraded my Windows 8.1 machine to Windows 10 and Search is working fine.

In Search Options, I turned Web OFF so that is concentrates on Windows and it finds what I am search for. Programs go to the top in a different colour, so be sure you do not miss them.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure in Search Settings that both options are OFF.

alonig1Author Commented:
search1.pngmade those change , still
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can search with Win Key + R and if the other search does not work, something went wrong with the update
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You mean Winkey-S  (s for search R is for run)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Win Key + S opens the search that alonig1 says is not working. Works for me on 3 different Windows 10 machines.

Win Key + R opens programs and I was suggesting that alonig1 try it.
alonig1Author Commented:
Let say I want to open photoshop , or Snipping Tool and I don't want to look for it in the menu, I should be able to open the search and start typing the application I looking for and it should pop up.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It always pops up for me, and so your upgrade must have gone wrong. See if you can run DISM to fix.

DISM /? And you want RestoreHealth
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I was travelling and on my phone. If need specific instructions for DISM, they follow below and I have used them.

System File Checker:

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW.
Allow to complete, restart or, preferably, shut down the computer and then start up again.
Test to see if the problem has been corrected.


Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).
Restart the computer and test.

You may be better of to bite the bullet, back up, start again and do the upgrade to Windows 10 again.
alonig1Author Commented:
I've upgraded from windows 7
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
DISM is made for Windows 8 and 10 (and beyond). I am not sure what is wrong, but I suggest trying it to fix your issues.
alonig1Author Commented:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.10240.16384

Image Version: 10.0.10240.16384

No component store corruption detected.
The operation completed successfully.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I suggest now the upgrade went wrong and you need to do it again. There is not much else you can do at this point. All you want works great on my Windows 10 Pro machines.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you can always rebuild your index
control panel indexing options/advanced / rebuild indexindexing options

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alonig1Author Commented:
That worked!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update. Keep your index up to date. I upgraded two systems with working index and Windows 10 Search worked instantly.
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