New laptop: can't find anything :(

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My previous laptops: hit windows key, start typing... 4 characters later, instant search results

For example, I want to add a printer...
Hit windows, type prin...
And I see 'Devices and Printers' link

I get nothing
When I do a search, it goes away and things for about 45 seconds and hen gives results

I'm logged in as Admin
The same happens for many other searched for items
It's winding me up
What am I doing wrong?

It's Windows 8.1 and a HP Pavillion laptop

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etaf

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the search is in the righthand side - if you open the charms
using Windows + C
or swipe from the right or put mouse on the top right corner

there are three layers of search, APPS , Settings, Files

shortcuts Keys for each layer

Apps: Windows + Q ;
Settings: Windows +W ;
Files: Windows + F
 

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@eta.... thanks.. i never used to use it like that (will try now though)

regardless... in my other laptops... i hit windows and start typing... and things are just found!
why is this new laptop different...? is it the way microsoft have changed and made different?

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etaf

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it maybe a change to windows 8 - I don't have a windows 8 PC at the moment to test
 

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You can still just hit the Windows logo key and start typing to search. On this Windows 8.1 when I did that and typed devices one of the choices found was Devices and Printers. When I tried just the four characters prin I got several choices, but Devices and Printers was not one of them.

My experience has been that while search works, the one in Windows 8/8.1 is inferior to the one in Windows 7. If you are used to the capabilities of a smart phone Windows 8/8.1 works fine. If you are used to Windows 7 on a desktop or laptop Windows 8/8.1 will be disappointing.
 

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thanks for the replies guys
it all used to be JUST fine on my old laptop
i used to scratch my head thinking why people hated windows 8
in truth, i never actually used it
all i used to do was hit the windows key, type 2 characters, press enter and my program is launched 2 seconds later (helps having ssd had drive)

this is pants! either HP or windows have screwed up

why they go out of their way to stay behind the mac?
 

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Ok... So I had to setup a brand new laptop for someone. A Lenovo

It was fine. The search worked great

It's the damn hp laptop I have. Can't think if it could be anything else
Rubbish :(
 
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