Originally Posted by RussianGrimmReaper
It isn't the same because in 7 it searches ALL documents and file types and programs together. In 8, you have to select which type of thing you're searching for. Whether it be a program (anyone who calls it an app is a child who doesn't deserve to own a computer) file, or setting.
Win + Q - Apps
Win + W - Settings
Win + F - Files
Yes, there is a learning curve to Windows 8 but it makes what you want to faster in the end. There's been numerous times in Windows 7 that I've been searching for a file when the index throws applications at me that I don't want. This is avoided here.
Of course, you are perfectly entitled to your preferences and I respect that. Although, I still believe that if you give Windows 8 a good run, it grows on you. I can't imagine going back to Windows 7 now; I've actually caught myself actively using a bunch of Metro apps in conjunction with what I'm doing on the desktop and regularly referring back to the switch list. It keeps my desktop less cluttered.