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  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Hi Sir,
    I did not see Cotana in task manager.
    Win10 cannot key in search text-corta.jpg

    in ctfmon on the following thread method 1. I done the process. but I still cannot search on the search box.
    is that what the suggestion you refer to ?
    Fix: Windows 10 Can't type in search -

    before last week, I can use the search box function easier to find the file and app by this function.

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  2. Posts : 4,546
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    Use Windows troubleshooter to restore indexing services

    1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + R keys at the same time, type in control and press Enter.

    2. Select view by Small icons, then click Troubleshooting.

    3. Click View all.

    4. Click Search and Indexing.

    5. Click Next button.

    6. Tick the box or boxes for the appropriate troubleshooting process you see. Then click Next button to continue.

    When the troubleshooting process finishes, Windows 10 should be able to tell you what went wrong and what you can do to fix it.

    Enable Windows Search Service

    1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + R keys at the same time, then type services.msc in the Run search box and press Enter key.

    2. Press W key to faster locate Windows Search service, and then right-click it and choose Properties.

    3. Change the Startup type to Automatic, and then click on OK and Apply buttons to save the change and exit.

    4. Restart your computer.

    By default, Windows Search will index certain common locations on your drive, such as the User folder, Outlook Messages, and Internet Explorer browsing history. If Windows Search stops working for you and no longer returns search results for files that you know exist, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue.

    Open Control Panel --> Indexing Options. In the Indexing Options window, the first step to take when Windows Search isn’t finding your files is to make sure that Windows is indexing the location where your files reside.

    If the locations of your files are not listed here such as your Users folder for places like the Documents and Desktop folders, or a second hard drive, you can manually add them. Click the Modify button and you’ll see a list of all locations on your PC. Find the desired drive or folder that contains files you’d like indexed and check the box next to it. Click OK button when done and you’ll return to the Indexing Options window to see your new location listed.

    Regardless of whether the location of your files was already in the indexed locations list, you’ll want to rebuild your Windows Search index as your next troubleshooting step. This index can become corrupted or otherwise encounter issues, and rebuilding it from scratch is often a good way to solve Windows Search problems.

    One note before we begin: rebuilding the Windows Search index can take a very long time depending on the speed of your PC, your storage drives, and the number of files that need to be indexed. You can still use your PC during the rebuild, but you won’t have full access to Windows Search until the rebuild is complete.

    To rebuild the Windows Search index, head back to Control Panel --> Indexing Options. Click the Advanced button and make sure you’re on the Index Settings tab of the Advanced Options window.

    Under the Troubleshooting section of the Advanced Options window, find and click the Rebuild button. Windows will warn you, that the index rebuilding process may take a long time, and that you may not have full search functionality until it’s complete. Click OK button to accept the warning and start the re-indexing process.

    Once the Windows Search index has been rebuilt, try searching for your files again.
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Hi FreeBooter,
    please refer to actions from mine
    1st method result. no issue found.
    Win10 cannot key in search text-1s.jpg

    2nd method, it already change to automatic. but in vain.
    Win10 cannot key in search text-2s.jpg

    for index option, I do this two days ago. but in vain.

    my search function is not responding once i key in any characteristic. no single letter show on the search box.

    please let me know if you have comment

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  4. Posts : 35,426
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    We don't know if that's necessary.

    @Scotthsieh Try these simple quick checks before looking at that- if you use Windows Explorer's search box, is Windows search working from that properly?

    If you look at Indexing Options and add one item to a folder that is indexed, does the count increment?
    Win10 cannot key in search text-1.png

    If so, Windows search is working, and your problem relates only to the search box/Cortana.
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  5. Posts : 35,426
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
    Last edited by dalchina; 04 Nov 2019 at 08:33.
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  6. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    the WINDOWS update is close to what the search function not working. the issue description is exactly the same.

    i download Windows 10 KB4517211 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
    but cannot use for unstall
    Win10 cannot key in search text-cannu.jpg

    my WIN10 version is 1809.
    Win10 cannot key in search text-update.jpg

    would you please review the 9/24 update and comment for WINVER 1809?
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  7. Posts : 35,426
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Cumulative Update KB4519338 Windows 10 v1809 Build 17763.805 - Oct. 8

    That's the latest for 1809- download links given following text.
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  8. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Hi sir,
    Dejablue Patch update might the reason resulted in the windows search in blank. Do you have any comment for the patch update?
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  9. Posts : 5
    Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build 18362.295

    Hi Guys,
    I am following this thread with interest. There is much useful information here.

    The issue I have is with Search from both the start menu and the Cortana search icon/box:
    Click on Start button, start typing app name. Nothing happens.
    Click on magnifying glass search icon on task bar. Icon highlights but nothing happens.
    Change icon to Search box. Click in search box. Box highlights but no cursor, cannot type - nothing happens.

    Check in Task Manager. Cortana is missing.
    Win+I, Apps, Apps & features. Cortana is missing.
    Optional features, Add a feature. Cortana is not an option.
    Search for "Cortana" on Windows Store. Cortana is not there, although there's hundreds of third party apps (most of which have little or nothing to do with Cortana).

    File search from Explorer works fine.

    The laptop updated automatically this afternoon (03/11/2019) when I switched it on, prior to logging in.
    Current version is Windows 10 version 1903 (build 10.0.18362.418)
    I'm not sure exactly when this problem occurred, but I do suspect the updates. It has certainly worked until very recently because I use it quite a lot from the Start menu to start apps instead of searching through as I have to at the moment.

    Update history shows updates installed on 02/11/2019 (nothing for 03/11/2019):

    I haven't yet had a chance to try all the suggested fixes, but I thought you might find it interesting. If the worst comes to the worst I could always restore a system backup. The trouble is, good ol' Windows will attempt to install the updates again!!

    Attempted fixes

    Tried Windows Search Troubleshooter
    Useless as usual.

    Running "sfc / scannow" found corrupt files but could not repair them.
    I ran "Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth" which corrected the corruption.
    sfc /scannow
    Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    No component store corruption detected.
    Repair-WindowsImage -Online -ScanHealth
    Path :
    Online : True
    ImageHealthState : Healthy
    RestartNeeded : False

    Removed Cortana Group Policy block in SpyBot Anti-beacon. This doesn't affect the search facilities required, I have had this setting on for years but I thought I'd try it anyway.

    Checked registry \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    Nothing in there.

    Checked Group Policy Editor, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Search.
    All options (including Cortana) "Not configured".

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    Got multiple instances of the following errors:
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path 'C:\AppXManifest.xml' because it does not exist.
    The package could not be installed because a higher version of this package is already installed.
    The package could not be installed because resources it modifies are currently in use.

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Got only 2 errors:
    The package could not be installed because resources it modifies are currently in use:

    $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest
    No errors? Seemed to work.

    Get-Process SearchUI | Stop-Process –Force
    Cannot find a process with the name "SearchUI"

    Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    No errors? Seemed to work.
    Last edited by jwmp5051; 03 Nov 2019 at 22:44.
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  10. Posts : 35,426
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Check in Task Manager. Cortana is missing.
    - Should be shown under the Processes tab even if Hey cortana is disabled - not in Details.
    Win+I, Apps, Apps & features. Cortana is missing.
    Cortana is not listed there, so ok.

    File search from Explorer works fine.
    Please note that in build 1903 Cortana and search from the taskbar are separated. Thus it is now thought that repairing Cortana will not fix taskbar search. The only way to launch Cortana is using the microphone.

    1st - not in my Update History
    2nd - is
    3rd - don't recognise- digit missing?

    Tried Windows Search Troubleshooter
    Useless as usual.
    - ambiguous - did it
    a. report no problem
    b. find a problem but not fix it?

    SpyBot Anti-beacon
    - please reset all to Windows default to remove complications.

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    = To Reinstall and Re-Register All Windows Apps for All Accounts

    a. You could try this to confirm it's windows, not particular to your account:
    Please create a new user for text purposes, log in as that user, and advise whether you can type in task bar search.

    b. Note this, as it refers to an update, which you suggest may have been the cause, from the first link in my post #15 above.
    Earlier this week we learned that several users experienced problems when printing a document or picture as the print spooler service failed. Some users who have Windows 10 KB4517211 installed are also reporting other issues, including a bug that causes Windows Search and VMWare Workstation to fail.

    Windows Desktop Search may continue to display blank results to any query or it would fail to launch on PCs after applying Windows 10 September 26 update. Users have reported problems with Windows Search and Cortana on Microsoft community forum and as well as Feedback Hub.

    “After installing kb4517211 and rebooting, you cannot type anything into the search field. You can’t even get your cursor in there,” a user said on Feedback.
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