[Solved] Windows 10 Search Not Working

The Search feature was always present in Windows, but as they kept advancing with the version, Microsoft realized the importance of Search and kept enhancing the feature with every update. It was practically invisible in Windows XP, became a localized search option in Windows 7, started including web search results in Window 8/8.1, and finally introduced Cortana in Windows 10.

However, as they kept making the search option more and more complex, the possibility of errors increased proportionally. One known issue with the Search option/Cortana in Windows 10 is when it stops giving results. You could search for the most common of apps (eg. Notepad) and it would say “no results” or at times nothing at all.

Windows Search Not Working


The reasons behind this issue could be many but it narrows down to problems with the system permissions and user profile. We could try a few basic steps and check if it works.

Restart the system and check if it helps. If not, we could try the following solutions sequentially to resolve the issue.

Solution 1] Check Windows Search service

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command services.msc. Press Enter and it will open the Services Manager.

2] Locate Windows Search in the list of services and check if the status is Running. If yes, the Windows Search service is active.

3] If the status of the service is Stopped, then right-click on it and select Properties.

Windows Search Service


4] Change the Startup status to Start and then Apply the settings.

Solution 2] Kill the Cortana and Windows Search processes in Task Manager

While Cortana and Windows Search are different services, they are closely linked. Thus, for this issue with Windows Search, we would have to kill both the processes in the Task Manager.

1] Right-click on the Taskbar and then on Task Manager to open the window.

2] In the list of processes, right-click and select End task for Cortana and Search.


Kill Cortana And Windows Search Process


3] Once both the processes are killed, press on the Windows key and check if you are able to search for apps and web links again. This would re initiate the process.

If this doesn’t work, try restarting the system instead of step number 3.

Solution 3] Re-register Cortana

1] Open File Explorer and go to the path C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\.

2] Right-click on Powershell and then on Run as Administrator.

3] Type the following command in the Powershell window and press Enter:

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

Re Register Cortana

Restart the system and check if you are able to search files using Windows Search now.

Hope it helps!