Windows 10 search bar doesn't work

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10

    Windows 10 search bar doesn't work

    I temporarily changed paging file size from system managed size to custom and since then Windows search bar doesn't show any results when I input text. I set it back to system managed, but the problem persists.

    I tried the commonly suggested solutions like rebuilding indexing but with no success. Any ideas on how to solve this?

    I have the latest updates.
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  2. Posts : 36,344
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    You may be experiencing this:
    Windows 10 update breaks Search and VMware Workstation

    Multiple Problems Reported With New Windows 10 Updates

    Try uninstalling the update and if necessary hide (block) it- tutorial available or Google.
    Last edited by dalchina; 10 Oct 2019 at 08:53.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I checked the update history and there is no KB4517211 entry
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  4. Posts : 36,344
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Umm, you say you have the latest updates.. what is your Windows build?

    This is the latest 1903 update:
    Cumulative Update KB4524147 Windows 10 v1903 build 18362.388 - Oct. 3

    Please see:
    Fix: Windows 10 Can't type in search -
    Fix: Can’t Type in Windows 10 Search Bar | Driver Talent

    More if you search this forum for
    'can't type in search bar'
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    My system specification is:
    Windows 10 search bar doesn't work-spec.jpg

    Unfortunately, the solutions from these links didn't solve this. To clarify, I can input the text, but I don't get any results.
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  6. Posts : 27,409
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    Try resetting search index Sorry, you already did that.

    Reset and Rebuild Search Index

    reset the paging file, and if nothing else works, Repair install Windows. It's easy and only take 20 minutes.
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  7. Posts : 36,344
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Thank you for your reply.

    You can easily check if Windows search is working by inspecting indexing options, and while viewing that, add a file to an indexed folder and see if the number of items indexed increments.

    Then check that item can be found using search from file explorer.

    Turning to the search bar, prior to 1903 I might have suggested this:
    Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

    However I'm uncertain what effect that has in 1903 with the separation of search from Cortana. No harm in trying it though.

    Before attempting an in-place upgrade repair install, please create a new user for test purposes. If the search bar works when logged in as that user, an in-place upgrade repair will most likely be a waste of time.
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for the quick response.

    I did what you suggested and the indexing seems to be working fine. I can find a newly created file in file explorer, but still nothing in the search bar. I reinstalled Cortana but it didn't help.

    I created a new user account and the search bar works properly there.
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  9. Posts : 36,344
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Excellent progress.. well done.. as it proves the problem is user related and an in-place upgrade repair is unlikely to help.

    The problem is there's no clear fix for this with 1903. MS separated search and Cortana in 1903- previously re-registering Cortana might well have helped.

    Problem is ...still to find a solution....

    This is interesting, as it links the swap file... (5) - try that given your first post...
    Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not Working - Make Tech Easier
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I managed to fix it, by downloading the latest updates from the Windows Insider Program.
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