The Windows Start Menu search used to be simple – tiles and Cortana did not get in the way of you perusing your PC for the files you want. Things got a bit messy in Windows 10, but recent updates have removed issues like Cortana from the feature, and the May 2019 update revamped the search interface, making your searches feel a bit more detailed and granular.
With Cortana out of the way, the Start menu search is a bit more stable and less bloated. Still, it can sometimes stop working, so we’re here to give some pointers on how to fix it.
1. Roll Back Windows 10 Update
It’s quite often the case (as you’ll see throughout this list) that the Start menu search bar can stop working after a Windows 10 update. Sometimes a solution can be found despite the new Windows update, but if you want to play things safe, then you can always undo the Windows 10 update, taking you back to the last-updated version of Windows.
To do this, go to Windows Update (Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update).
From here, click “View update history -> Uninstall updates.”
In the list, organize the updates by their “Installed On” date, right-click the most recent update, then click Uninstall.
We’re constantly keeping track of the latest Windows 10 update problems, so visit this article if you have related issues.
2. Enable Background Apps
Ever since the Creator’s Update back in 2017, there’s been a bug affecting some Windows 10 users, involving the running of the Windows app in the background. Specifically, disabling the option to “Let apps run in the background” in Windows 10 would have the unintended effect of rendering the Start menu search function useless.
This bug exists to this day, so you need to make sure that you have the “Let apps run in the background” master switch set to “On.”
To do this, go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Background apps,” then make sure the “Let apps run in the background” switch is set to “On.” From this same screen, you can individually disable any and all Windows apps from running in the background, but it’s crucial to keep that master switch on.
3. Rebuild the Index
There’s a possibility that the search indexing files in your Windows Search have become corrupted, therefore disabling the Search function. Some people have reported this problem since the Windows 10 May Update (v1903) and the following as a possible solution.
Our next tip shows you how to use the Windows Troubleshooter for search and indexing, but first you can try rebuilding the index, which should eliminate any corruptions.
To do this, go to Control Panel, switch on “Large icons” at the top-right corner, then click “Indexing Options -> Advanced.”
Finally, click Rebuild in the Advanced Options window. Click OK on the pop-up that tells you this may take some time and wait for the process to complete…….Read More>>