Windows 8 Start Menu Partial Match App Search Problem

I recently had an issue when searching in the start menu for apps they would not show up unless I had an exact match. If you are reading this after coming from a web search you probably have the same issue. Needless to say this was a PITA so I recently set out to solve this issue once and for all. After finding some nightmarish solutions involving completely recreating your user profile by backing it up, wiping it, and re-creating it, I found a simple 10 second solution.

Easy Solution:

  1. From Start Menu Open Control Panel
  2. In Control Panel Open Folder Options
  3. In Folder Options Panel Click The Search Tab
  4. Check The Box For Find Partial Matches under the How To Search Section Then Hit Okay
  5. Crack a cold brew and revel in your success.
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