Windows search not working issue

If the search feature is not working on your computer, below are the troubleshooting methods to fix the Windows search not working issue.

Windows search not working

Both Windows 10 and 11 have a robust search feature that lets you search for files and folders right from the search box next to the Start button.

While the Windows search function works fine most of the time, it is also notorious for becoming slower and even unresponsive, especially after installing a Windows update.

When Windows search stops working, it is known to become unresponsive at all and can even prevent you from clicking or typing in the search box.

1. Restart computer

Sometimes the problem is a stuck program or process that is preventing Windows Search from working properly.

In most cases, this can be fixed by shutting down the computer and reboot it back after 60 seconds.

2. Install updates

Another reason for Windows search not working is an update waiting to be installed on the computer.

Go to settings > Updates & Security > select windows update in the left pane. Check the right pane to see if an update is available.

Check for Windows updates

If not, click Check for updates button and allow Windows to check for updates and install available updates on your computer.

3. Use the Windows troubleshooter

You can trust the built-in Windows Search and Indexing Troubleshooter on your computer to find and fix Windows Search problems.

Go to settings > Updates & Security > select Troubleshooting option in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and click Additional bug fixes.

Additional troubleshooting option in Windows

2. On the next screen, scroll down and click Search and Indexing and then click Run the troubleshooter.

Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

From the Search and Indexing screen, select Files do not appear in search results and other articles that apply and click on the Next Button.

Files are not showing up in the Search Results option in Windows 10 Troubleshooter

Follow the onscreen instructions as Windows tries to fix search and indexing issues on your computer.

4. Restart Windows Explorer

Right click on the beginning press and select task manager in the WinX menu. In the Task Manager screen, right-click Windows explorer and select that Start anew Possibility.

Restart Windows Explorer using Task Manager in Windows 10

This will update and restart Windows Explorer on your computer. After that, try to use the search bar on your computer and see if it works now.

5. Restart the Windows search service

The problem that Windows 10 taskbar search is not working on your computer could be due to the Windows search service becoming corrupt or stuck.

Right click on the Start button and click To run. In the Run Command window, type services.msc and click OK.

Run the command window in Windows 10

On the Services screen, right-click Windows search and click Start anew.

Restart the Windows Search service in Windows 10

Note: If you find that the Windows Search service is not running, click the beginning Possibility.

6. End the stuck Cortana search process

The problem that Windows search not working on your computer can be caused by Cortana being stuck on a task and unable to get out.

Right click on the beginning click and click task manager. On the Task Manager screen, switch to processes Tab > right-click cortana and select end task Possibility.

End the Cortana process using Task Manager in Windows 10

This will kill any task Cortana was trying to do and make it ready and available for the search feature.

7. Rebuild the Windows search index

In rare cases, the problem can be due to the search index being corrupted or corrupted. In such cases, you need to rebuild the search index, which is time-consuming.

Note: Deleting and rebuilding the Windows search index may affect the search experience on your computer until the search index is fully functional.

Go to settings > Seek > Permissions & History and click Browsing Windows link in the right pane.

Browse windows link

On the Windows Browse screen. scroll down and click Advanced search indexing settings.

Advanced search indexer settings option

On the next screen, click the Progressive Button.

Open the advanced indexing option in Windows

On the Advanced Options screen, click Rebuild Button.

Rebuild the Windows search index

Click on the confirmation popup OK to confirm and wait patiently for Windows to rebuild the search index on your computer.

8. Disable antivirus software

If the above solutions didn’t help, the problem might be with the antivirus software installed on your computer.

To confirm, disable the antivirus software on your computer and see if that helps to fix the Windows taskbar search issue.

If the problem is related to antivirus software, make sure you are using the latest version of the antivirus software program on your computer.


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