Search boxes inside windows not working

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  1. Posts : 118
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Thanks to all.

    Funny enough now I can type, but only one letter... The second letter I type will replace the first and the third will replace the second and so on. Very funny.

    I guess I must wait till MS fixes it or put a lot of time in trying the workarounds which are not for beginners either...

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  2. Posts : 914
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 22H2 19045.3324
       #12

    kmint said:
    Funny enough now I can type, but only one letter..
    I saw that too once I'd applied that Folder Option fix 'Automatically type into the Search Box' seen earlier in this thread. Un-tick it and see what happens.

    For me once I went back and un-ticked that box the function to type into the search window returned only to disappear later. It's pretty flaky when it will work and when it won't, having often mistakenly thought I'd just fixed it.

    Something I've also seen associated with this File Explorer search issue when it does appear, is there's often a corresponding Runtime Broker crash that shows up in my Reliability History.
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  3. Posts : 1,773
    Windows 10 Home
       #13

    "I guess I must wait till MS fixes it "

    Only two days until Jan Patch Tues; we'll see then, although this was known issue before the Dec update.
    Cheers
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  4. Posts : 118
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Farvatten said:
    I saw that too once I'd applied that Folder Option fix 'Automatically type into the Search Box' seen earlier in this thread. Un-tick it and see what happens.

    For me once I went back and un-ticked that box the function to type into the search window returned only to disappear later. It's pretty flaky when it will work and when it won't, having often mistakenly thought I'd just fixed it.

    Something I've also seen associated with this File Explorer search issue when it does appear, is there's often a corresponding Runtime Broker crash that shows up in my Reliability History.
    Yes!, it works fine now. You say until rebooting?

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    mrgeek said:
    "I guess I must wait till MS fixes it "

    Only two days until Jan Patch Tues; we'll see then, although this was known issue before the Dec update.
    Cheers
    Oh, you work in Microsoft? Cool!! It's perhaps the biggest flaw I've seen in my life in any Windows version ever.
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  5. Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #15

    Thank you everyone for your contributions
    In fact I too have noticed weird behavior in the file explorer search box while on 1909.

    kmint said:
    Yes!, it works fine now. You say until rebooting?
    Great to hear some progress was made kmint!
    Is it now responding normally? Or is it still only typing one letter?
    In addition to my last suggestions, I would also suggest waiting for the next update which mentions a fix for this, as mrgeek said.
    Hopefully this update fixes the issue for everyone.
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  6. Posts : 914
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 22H2 19045.3324
       #16

    kmint said:
    You say until rebooting?
    I've found little rhyme or reason to why or when it wants to quit.

    Actually a reboot usually fixes it.


    Also, as that one link suggests: Windows 10 1909 KB4517245 Update Causes File Explorer Issues

    If you're comfortable with killing processes, you can kill and restart the 'explorer.exe' process which has worked for me until I need to do it again.

    Besides the fact that Window's File Explorer Search is so darn convenient ( when it works ), I, like others, have looked to 3rd party search utilities, some better and more efficient, and there's been many suggestions to choose from in these other posts.
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  7. Posts : 118
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #17

    So far it still works fully fine but I will not reboot in days just in case :)

    Yes, I'm very comfortable with killing processes, I'll do it if it stops working.

    Or use a 3rd party program if necessary.

    Many thanks to all. I don't know why the system won't all me to thank each post of help but thank you anyway.

    - - - Updated - - -

    And since you're so good at computers, could you take a look at this other problem I have?

    Toshiba Canvio 2TB external HD 3.0 transfering at 2.0 speed
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  8. Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #18

    kmint said:
    So far it still works fully fine but I will not reboot in days just in case :)
    Good to hear

    Would you also be able to mark this thread as "Solved". Just so that others who have a similar problem can follow these steps too. That being said, probably not a 'perfect' solution , but a solution nevertheless.

    You can do this by clicking on the green box 'Mark as Solved' under the last post.
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  9. Posts : 118
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #19

    ellellell1 said:
    Good to hear

    Would you also be able to mark this thread as "Solved". Just so that others who have a similar problem can follow these steps too. That being said, probably not a 'perfect' solution , but a solution nevertheless.

    You can do this by clicking on the green box 'Mark as Solved' under the last post.
    So it stopped working. Completely out of the blue. I had restarted Windows two or three times and still worked, this morning it still worked. Now it doesn't. No reason detected.
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  10. Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #20

    kmint said:
    So it stopped working. Completely out of the blue. I had restarted Windows two or three times and still worked, this morning it still worked. Now it doesn't. No reason detected.
    Very odd.

    It seems only a rollback or upgrade for Windows would now be the best chance for a fix.

    As dalchina suggested, you could try to rollback to version 1903
    • Assuming you have 1909 installed (you can check here)
    • You have the Windows.old folder in your C: drive


    Since the 1909 was released sometime ago, it is unlikely that the Windows.old folder is still on your C drive (which is usually only usable in the first ten days after the update).

    So I would keep updating windows and hopefully a fix is released soon.

    If the search box is just to unreliable to use, you could use a 3rd party search software program in the mean-time
    (Farvatten's post above)
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