How To Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working

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The Windows 10 search bar is one of the best additions to the operating system, allowing users to directly find options straight away rather than going through file explorer to search or look through countless directories. 

Like most features though, the Windows 10 search not working can be an issue at times. However, the issue is normally software-based and easily rectified. If you’ve encountered the Windows 10 search not working, here are some easy troubleshooting steps to get it back up and running.

How To Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working

Basic Troubleshooting

First, try performing the following tasks: Restart your PC/Laptop/Tablet, Check Your Network Connection (disconnect and connect) and Turn Cortana On/Off If Enabled. All three of these steps normally solve the issue. Failing that, go to the next troubleshooting steps for Windows 10 search not working.

Run Windows 10 Troubleshooter

This isn’t a guaranteed fix, but it can give you a good idea of where the Windows 10 search not working fault lies.

Navigate to Windows Troubleshooter

Follow the following steps after opening the start menu: Settings (Cog) > Update and Security > Troubleshoot > Search and Indexing (You may have to search for this in the provided search bar). Finally, click ‘Run’ so that Windows 10 can try and fix the issue for you.

Check Services

For one reason or another following an important update, or by user error, Windows Search has been disabled and is no longer running.

Open The Services Window

There are a few ways to open up the Services window, but hitting the Windows key + R to open up a Run window is normally the quickest. Type ‘services.msc’ and click ‘OK’. Once in, have a look for the ‘Windows Search Service’, right-click it then go for ‘Restart’

Rebuild Windows 10 Search Indexing

Windows automatically saves your search history and indexes the files and folders you search for the most. Sometimes said index can corrupt and lose these locations.

Go To Indexing Options

This is in Control Panel. Go to Settings (COG) > Search ‘Control Panel’ > Indexing Options.

Rebuild Index

Once In ‘Advanced Options’, Click the ‘Rebuild’ button under Troubleshooting.

If none of the above troubleshooting works, consider resetting Windows 10 to an earlier point before Windows 10 search not working issues started. For more troubleshooting guides for Windows 10, bookmark us here at PCGuide.