The Enterprise Search Center appears to use the minimal master page, and has no top link navigation. This seems a bit silly and is hard to use if you use the Search Center as a subsite in a larger site collection. How do I add the top link navigation bar to the Search Center?
Credit to KolbyH at the MSDN forums for pointing me in the right direction here. There is some sort of weird master page setup in the Search Center, but you can get around this without too much trouble:
Save the page and right-click minimal.master -> "Set as Custom Master Page". All pages on your Search Center should now have Top Link Navigation.
You may also have to right-click v4.master and "Set as Default Master Page". For some reason v4.master is the default master page, but the search page layouts use a custom master page.
This did the job for me: http://blogs.kraftkennedy.com/index.php/2010/08/25/branding-sharepoint-2010-search-centers/
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