How To Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue?

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

The Windows 10 search not working issue is been normally occurred to many users who have switched to it. But the good news is that you don’t have to reinstall the whole windows because of this issue as there are some possible ways that we have figured out to fix it. In fact, the Search/Cortana is the best feature we have seen in this new addition to the Windows-family and it’s quite heartbreaking when we realize that it is not working properly. Below are the possible ways to fix Windows 10 Search Not Working issue.

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1. Restart The Cortana Process From Task Manager

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

Let’s go for a easier attempt first and see if it solves your problem.

  • Right click on the Taskbar and click on the Task Manager
  • Switch to the Process tab and search for Cortana or Search process.
  • Once you found it, right click on it and End Task

Boom! This should solve your problem. But if it isn’t, don’t worry! Move ahead to the next method below.

2. Restart Windows Explorer

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

Restarting the Windows Explorer might fix the Search/Cortana not working issue as soon as it restarts.

  • Right click on the Taskbar and click on the Task Manager
  • Scroll down the Processes list and find Windows Explorer
  • Simply click Restart and hopefully this will resolve the issue as the taskbar search will be restarted as well

3. Activate Windows Search Process (If Not Activated)

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

It could be possible that the Windows Search service is not activated. If this is the case, then the Search won’t work properly. So, let’s activate it if it isn’t.

  • Press Windows and R key to open Run command
  • Type services.msc and press Enter
  • Now in the Services dialog box, scroll down and find Windows Search
  • Right click on it and then Properties
  • Click on the Startup Type dropdown and click on Automatic
  • You’re all set! Click OK and exit the dialog box.

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4. Troubleshoot From Indexing Options

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

If the Windows 10 search not working issue is not yet resolved by the above methods, then let’s run a troubleshooter from the Indexing options. To do so:

  • First, open the Control Panel (Type control panel simply in the Run command and press Enter)
  • Now at the top, you may see a View By dropdown Menu. From there, click on the Large Icons
  • Now you’ll notice a different view of everything inside the Control Panel
  • Find the Indexing Options button and click on it
  • Once the dialog is opened, click on the Advanced options (may require administrator permission)
  • Now you’ll see a Rebuild button just below the Troubleshooting section. Click on it and just wait for a while to let it complete.
  • If the issue remains, then click on the Troubleshoot Search and Indexing and follow the on-screen instructions

5. Reset Windows (If Above Steps Doesn’t Fix The Issue)

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

Fix Windows 10 Search Not Working Issue

If noting works from the above methods then this one is the final step which you’ll have to take in order to get your taskbar Search/Cortana working again. You’ll not have to Reset your Windows 10 to fix the Search Not Working issue. Go to the Settings app, then go to the Update and Security section and click on Recover. From there onward, follow the on-screen instructions.

Conclusion

Hopefully the above methods will work for you as one of them worked for me too. If any of the above methods worked for you to resolve the Windows 10 search not working issue, then let us know. In fact, if any other method than the above ones you’ve tried that fixed the issue for you then let us know in the comment box below. This will surely help our readers to fix this issue. 🙂

Best wishes!

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Farhan Azam

Farhan Azam Memon is a Founder and a brain behind TechloStuff and a student who is about to reach his bachelors level for Computer Science. Farhan have quite a good experience of over 5 years with Blogging, SEO and Internet Marketing.
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