Windows 10: After new update, search don't work (system restore, update) Solved

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  1. Posts : 332
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       25 Jun 2018 #1

    After new update, search don't work (system restore, update)


    So I just completed the big spring update (didn't have any choice really) and now a whole bunch of stuff has changed with the new additions. One thing right away that's annoying me is when I type in the search box next to the start button, Windows can no longer seem to find apps to run. If I type system restore, it used to list it so I could launch it. Same for Windows update, etc.

    Now, it just does a web search which I don't even want it to do. If I type "system restore", it lists out a bunch of online search terms. If I click the left icon for "Find results in apps", it lists only 1 result - "search for apps in the Microsoft store" and if I click that, it runs an online search in the app store.

    Huh? What happened? Now it can't even find things on my PC. What happened? I did go through my privacy settings after the update to disable some stuff. Is there anything in there that could have done this? I don't see why it should.

    And how do I disable web search and app store search in the search box? I want it to search my PC only, not the web.
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  2.    25 Jun 2018 #2

    Hi, is Windows search running? (Cortana is just a front end, and relies on Windows search indexing to find files).

    The search box in file explorer allows you to search your files, and also uses Windows search indexing.

    Have a look at Indexing Options (e.g. Windows key + R, Control; then click Indexing Options.
    Do you see something like this?
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    Are there items indexed?

    To check search indexing, look at your indexed folders list. Add one item to one of those, wait a moment, and you should see the number increment. Does it?

    Try searching for something that is present in your Start Menu. And try searching for Mail. What results do you get?
    A screenshot would help.

    It is possible to disable web search in Cortana but it's not a simple setting. There was a recent thread about how to do this. MS basically doesn't want to give you the option.

    Turn off cortana in windows 10 pro 1803 - Windows 10 Forums
    See posts #6, #9

    Note that using a start menu replacement can give a much more satisfactory experience.
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  3. Posts : 332
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2018 #3

    Clicking control panel then indexing options lists these:

    - Internet Explorer History
    - Start Menu
    - Users (Exclude AppData; AppData)

    That's it. I've always left indexing off and haven't had this problem until the update today.

    If I type some of my software into the search box, it's listed. But it won't find system restore or windows update. It does find task manager and some other random programs I type in that I have installed. I have no idea why it refuses to find some of the "apps" on my PC all of a sudden.

    As far as mail, I use web mail so I can't check mail.
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  4.    26 Jun 2018 #4

    As far as mail, I use web mail so I can't check mail.
    - er, that's not the objective. The objective is simply to discover the search result for the app Mail. It was a random choice. You could pick Alarms if you prefer.
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  5. Posts : 332
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    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2018 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    - er, that's not the objective. The objective is simply to discover the search result for the app Mail. It was a random choice. You could pick Alarms if you prefer.
    Oh, gotcha.

    Nope, it doesn't find mail. It just lists mail & calendar - "install app".
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  6.    26 Jun 2018 #6

    What happens if you open Settings, and use the search there? E.g. Background
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    This is what I see for Mail
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    I don't wish to experiment on mine with the effect of turning Windows search off. I seem to recall from a long time ago that searching Settings with Windows search off is very slow, or doesn't work.

    Given that you've upgraded, how many items are shown indexed?

    Note- there are no benefits of turning Windows search off that I know of. Back in XP days it was almost standard practise. There's really no reason to now.
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  7. Posts : 332
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2018 #7

    Some screenshots:







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  8. Posts : 332
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2018 #8

    Using search in settings:



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  9.    26 Jun 2018 #9

    Recommend you enable Windows search indexing.
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  10. Posts : 332
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       26 Jun 2018 #10

    Currently it's saying:

    8,203 items indexed.
    Indexing complete.
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