Windows 10 Search Not Working [Solved]

By Sophie Luo  Technical Tips  system   12 Comments
Try these solutions here to fix your Search not working issue in your Windows 10!

If you’re having problems using Cortana or Search on Windows 10, we have here some effective methods that are going to help you fix this problem. 

Note that not all Windows 10 users have this problem and the exact cause remains unclear, there is not a general fix for it. But the following methods are re

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Restart Cortana / Search process
  3. Modify Windows Search service
  4. Restore indexing services
  5. Run the built-in troubleshooter

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1: Restart your computer

If you haven’t restarted your computer to see if the problem is gone, do it now before you proceed with the following steps, especially for those who are used to let the computer hibernate instead of shutting it off when not using. 

2: Restart Cortana / Search process

1) Right-click the task bar at the bottom of your computer desktop and choose Task Manager

2) Press the C key on your keyboard and better locate the process Cortana, then right click it and click End task

If you can find Search process (press S key to better help you locate it), also right-click it and choose End task

3: Modify Windows Search service

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type services.msc in the search box and press Enter

2) Press W key to faster locate Windows Search option, and then right-click it and choose Properties



3) Change the Startup type to Automatic, and then click OK to save the change and exit. 

4) Restart your computer after this. 

4: Restore indexing services

1) Follow the path: Start button > Control Panel (View by Small icons> Indexing Options



2) Click the Advanced button. 



3) In the newly open window, click Rebuild button under Troubleshooting category. 



You will be seeing this notification window, just click OK to continue. 

5: Run the built-in troubleshooter

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, type in control and press Enter

2) View by Small icons, then click Troubleshooting

3) Click View all

4) Click Search and Indexing

5) Click Next

6) Tick the box or boxes for the appropriate troubleshooting process you see. Then click Next to continue. 

7) When the troubleshooting process finishes, Windows 10 should be able to tell you what went wrong and what you can do to fix it. 

Last but not the least

If the above options still cannot help you fix the Cortana or Search issue in Windows 10, you might need to perform a Reset or Refresh of your Windows. 

If you need more help, here are the detailed tutorial: 
How to Reset Widows 10? 
How to Refresh Windows 10?
How to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7/ 8 / 8.1? 

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