Windows 10: Search in "Settings" does not work

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  1. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
       03 Aug 2015 #1

    [Resolved] Search in "Settings" does not work


    Hello,

    I have 4 laptops and 1 tablet eligible for Windows 10 upgrade and I upgraded them all.

    On one system (Windows 10 Home, upgraded from a Windows 8.1 Home laptop I bought 6 months ago), Search in "Settings" never returned anything, I always got "No results for ...". For example, when I searched for "update", it showed:
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    On my other 4 systems, they correctly found some items:
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    At first I thought Windows 10 might have been building index for search, but 4 days after I upgraded to Windows 10 (and I use this computer everyday) it still does not work.

    Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks.
    Last edited by cameos; 21 Nov 2015 at 14:58. Reason: Issue resolved
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  2. Posts : 615
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       03 Aug 2015 #2

    Maybe you should try rebuilding the index? In the Start menu search bar, type "index" and click "Indexing Options". In the Indexing Options, click the "Advanced" button and click the "Rebuild" button, then click "OK" on the information dialog. The search will be unavailable for a few minutes and the Indexing Options window may become unresponsive.
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  3. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2015 #3

    You said: View Post
    Maybe you should try rebuilding the index? In the Start menu search bar, type "index" and click "Indexing Options". In the Indexing Options, click the "Advanced" button and click the "Rebuild" button, then click "OK" on the information dialog. The search will be unavailable for a few minutes and the Indexing Options window may become unresponsive.
    Thanks, tried rebuilding index... waited till the rebuilding finished and I still have "no result for ...".
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  4. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2015 #4

    Update: meanwhile I got "try another user" suggestion from Microsoft technet forum, so I created a new user and switched to it, the new user has got search results so he does not have this issue. I then switch back to my old account and see the "no results" problem again.
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  5. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 (duh)
       04 Aug 2015 #5

    Check if Windows Search service is running [ Command Prompt (Admin): services.msc ]
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  6. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
    Thread Starter
       04 Aug 2015 #6

    AveYo said: View Post
    Check if Windows Search service is running [ Command Prompt (Admin): services.msc ]
    Yes it's running (the service is configured "automatic(delayed start)")
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  7.    01 Oct 2015 #7

    What Got my Settings Search Box Working Again


    Hi. I had this problem after a clean install of Win10, and the only way I solved it (after doing sfc /scannow and DISM checks and rebuilding my index) was to go to the Win10 download ISO page, downloading the ISO and running it to "upgrade" my existing Win10 build, keeping all my apps and settings. After 45 minutes of churning, I got my Settings search box to work the way it was supposed to.
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  8. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
    Thread Starter
       21 Nov 2015 #8

    After I asked for solution here and on MS' official support forum, this issue was not resolved, until today I read this article:

    Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

    http://winaero.com/blog/fix-search-d...in-windows-10/

    and it DID fix my issue.
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  9.    04 Dec 2015 #9

    cameos said: View Post
    After I asked for solution here and on MS' official support forum, this issue was not resolved, until today I read this article:

    Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

    http://winaero.com/blog/fix-search-d...in-windows-10/

    and it DID fix my issue.
    Thank you !!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    04 Dec 2015 #10

    The first thing to check in this case is whether you have content indexing enabled for drive C: (in the Properties if C: drive). If you disable context indexing for C:, this is exactly what will happen: Search in Settings will never find anything.

    The above link to winaero.com explains that in order to enable Search in Settings functionality it is not really necessary to index the entire C:, just

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

    folder is sufficient. But if you wish, you can enable indexing for the whole C: and it should fix the issue as well (if that's the root cause, of course).
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