How to Fix and Troubleshoot Windows 10 search problems

In Windows 7 or Windows 8, we have seen the high usability of search engine indexing to find important files in folders in our directories (Local Disks). Windows 10 also comes up with this feature. The search engine provides optimum search results in the user’s folder (basically located on hard drives), E-Mails, Start Menu and OneDrive folder (offline files and folders locally stored in the hard drive).

As the search mechanism yields better results in Windows 10, sometimes we get results like broken results or missing files in the search result page. If the search is not up to expectations or it is having difficulties during execution, you can easily solve its searching issues by using the search troubleshooter or rebuilding the search engine index manually.

In this article, we will know how to rebuild the search engine index manually to fix windows 10 search & how to execute the search troubleshooter in order to solve the search engine indexing problems in Windows 10.

Method 1: Examine the status of Windows Search Service

Examine the Windows Search Service

By default, Windows 10 has no role in deactivation of Windows Search Service; it would be advisable to check whether the Search Services is enabled or not. This can be done by steering to “Services” page. The following steps are advised to check the status:

Step 1:

Press the “Windows Key+R” to open the Run dialog box. Type “Services.msc” in the command box and Press Enter to open the Services Page.


Step 2:

Scroll the page and check for the Name “Windows Search”


Step 3:

Now, Double click on “Windows Search”. The other columns in the Windows search display its Description, Status, Startup Type etc.

In the Status Column, it will show its status (whether it’s running or stopped). If it is stopped due to some reason, make it sure that it’s in a running status.


Do check By double clicking on it , whether the Startup type is showing Automatic or Automatic (delayed) result.


Method 2: Rebuilding the Search Engine Index

Windows 10 provides an efficient way to rebuild the Indexing techniques. Before rebuilding the Search Index, please ensure that all the external process by the user must be stopped. The following steps to ensure the rebuilding process is as follows:

Step 1:

In the “Search the web and Windows” bar on the desktop, type “Indexing Options” and press Enter.


But if the Search is not working in any case, go to “Control Panel” and Click near “View by” section on right hand side located on top of the page. Change the view to “Small icons”. Then Click on “Indexing Options” icon.

Step 2:

When you open the “Indexing Options”, click on “Advanced” button to open “Advanced Options”.


Step 3:

Now, below “Index Settings” tab, you will see a Troubleshooting section. This section contains a “Rebuild” button. Click on “Rebuild” button. This will help in Rebuilding the Search Engine Index.


After clicking on it, you will see a confirmation message displaying “Rebuilding the index might take a long time to complete. Some views and search results might be incomplete until Rebuilding is finished”.

Click on the “OK” button to allow Windows 10 to enable Rebuilding the Search Engine Index.

Note: This step may take couple of hours for completion of whole process, but in most of the cases it is completed within 5-10 minutes or less.

Method 3: Running the Search & Indexing Troubleshooter

Running the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

Like the previous versions, various troubleshooting techniques are present in Windows 10. Here, we will see how to execute the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter. The following steps shall execute the following method:

Step 1:

Search Troubleshooting in search box of taskbar.


Step 2:

In the Troubleshooting page, click on “View all” to display list of all the Troubleshooters currently present in Windows 10.


Scroll down for “Search and Indexing” troubleshooter and click over it.


Step 3:

After opening the troubleshooter, click on “Next”.


Step 4:

Now, you will see “What problems do you notice?” section with multiple check boxes. Select the suitable boxes prior to clicking the “Next” button to make troubleshooter recognize the problems and mend it, if possible.


If the troubleshooter does not identify to analyse and repair the problems, please contact through the Contact support app to this issue.