Windows 10 Search Not Working? Try these solutions to get solved

Did you notice “start menu search not working” after install or upgrade windows 10 version 21H1? When attempting to search for items in the Windows 10 start menu – no results are shown. And the same thing happens whether you’re searching for files, programs or Windows 10 features. There are many reasons “may be Third-party programs especially the PC optimizers and antivirus, corrupted system files or installed update and any windows services Stopped not responding etc” that can cause this issue. Here are some quick solutions you may try to fix “Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not Working” Search now showing results etc.

Windows 10 Search Not Working

First of all restart Windows Explorer, which clears whatever the minor bug encountering the problem.

  • To do this open task manager
  • Look for windows explorer right-click and select restart.
  • This will end the current process and will restart the process again.

Also, disable and completely remove all third-party antivirus software (if installed) from your device.

Sometimes corrupted missing system files, (Especially during the windows 10 upgrade process ) also cause search results to stuck Or didn’t show search results. Run the System file checker to check and restore if any missing system files causing the issue.

Start windows into clean boot state and check start menu search results showing, If yes then any third party application causing the issue. Find out and uninstall the problematic application and check windows search started working.

Check windows search service running

  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc and click ok,
  • This will open the Windows search console,
  • Scroll down and locate Windows search service,
  • Check If it’s on running state simply right-click on it and select restart.
  • Well If the service was not started yet simply double-click on “windows search” to open its properties.
  • Change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status.

restart windows search service

Run Search and Indexing troubleshooter

Run the build-in  Windows Search and Indexing troubleshooter following steps below that automatically detect and fix Windows search and its related problems.

  • Open Settings app using keyboard shortcut Windows + I
  • Click on Update & Security then Troubleshoot
  • On the right-hand side locate search and indexing, click on it
  • Now run the troubleshooter to diagnose and fix if any problem causing windows search results stuck or not working.

Search and indexing troubleshooter

Restore indexing service

Again if due to any reason the search index is stopped, corrupted then the windows search stop showing search results. Delete and rebuild the index probably help to fix the problem.

  • Open control panel,
  • Search for and select indexing options,
  • Click on Advanced options
  • Now click the Rebuild button under the Troubleshooting category.

rebuild search index options

Rebuilding the index may take a long time to complete message popup click ok to start the process. Keep in mind that this might take quite a while to finish. If that doesn’t help, just click on the “Troubleshoot search and indexing” link from the same dialog and follow the on-screen instructions.

Check with a Different user account

Again some users report creating a new user account profile and login with newly created user account helps them to fix the windows search problem. You can try the same, To check it helps or not.

To create a new user account on Windows 10

  • Open the command prompt as administrator,
  • Type net user “Username” “password” / add

Note Replace” username with newly create a user account and replace password: set password for the user account.

Log off from the current user account and login with the newly created user account and check the start menu search working perfectly. If yes then there is a problem with the old user account simply transfer old user account data to the new user account and continue with the newly created user account.

command to create new user account 

Re-register Windows 10 Start menu

A number of users recommend on Microsoft forum, Reddit “Re-register the Start menu help to restore windows search working state. You can re-register the windows 10 start menu following the steps below.

Open Powershell as an administrator, and perform the command below:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

After executing the command Close PowerShell and restart windows. Now check if this helps.

Did these solutions help to fix the “Windows 10 Search problem? Let us know which option worked for you, Also comment below if you have any query or a suggestion about this post.

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