Windows 8.1 Does Not Search Google Drive

Issue: When you use the Windows 8.1 search feature, you do not see results from documents in your Google Drive.

Cause: This is caused by the “System” object not having permissions to the Google Drive folder.

Solution: In Explorer, browse to your Google Drive folder. Be sure it is the actual Google Drive folder and not the shortcut in your Favorites. It defaults to “C:\Users\username\Google Drive”. Right-click and open the “Properties”, then click on the “Security” tab, then click on the “Advanced” button.

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Click on the “Enable inheritance” button, make sure that “Replace all child object…” is checked, and click “OK”.

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Verify that the “SYSTEM” user is now listed and click “OK”.

In a few minutes (once Windows indexes the location) you should start seeing results from Google Drive in your Windows Search.

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About jasontarby

Enterprise Architect / Network Engineer at SRA International, Inc.
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