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  1. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 1909 (18363.592)
       #1

    Windows Explorer Search Bar won't let me type in it


    I switched to 10 from 7 yesterday because of the support drop, trying to get things how I like it, but something appears to be wrong with specifically the search bar in Windows Explorer, sometimes it works fine, but then when I go to click on it, nothing happens at all, it won't let me type into it, and this seems to stick around until I restart the computer.

    Not the greatest first impression..., Windows Pro 64 bit. version 1909 (18363.592)
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  2. Posts : 41,502
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hello, this is the very widely reported search problem introduced by MS in build 1909. Build 1903 is fine in this respect, as a quick (Google) search on 'file explorer search broken 1909' will tell you.

    MS is said to be working on it.

    I tried 1909, and reverted to build 1903 by uninstalling the 1909 enablement package. (A new approach to build update used by MS for the first time- a sort of Windows update).

    Note that in 1903, valid search syntax is highlighted helpfully in blue. Not in 1909, where MS tried to be clever.
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  3. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 1909 (18363.592)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ah, I'm glad this is a common thing and not something that went wrong with my install or something.

    Oddly enough though, I can't right click to uninstall said Enablement Package in the Installed Updates section, I can select basically all of them except that one, is there another method to get rid of this so I can roll back?

    I would just wait for a fix, but some of these reports are from November, so who knows how long it'll be.
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  4. Posts : 41,502
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Hi, KB4528760 is the enablement package. As I upgraded from 1903 to 1909 I was able to uninstall it. To be honest, I have no idea if that is possible having upgraded directly to 1909.

    You can try the Control Panel, View Installed Updates.

    KB4528760 CU Win 10 v1903 build 18362.592 & v1909 build 18363.592
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  5. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 1909 (18363.592)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ah, getting rid of that only made my version go down by a little bit, I think maybe I can't roll back then, well, I suppose I'll just have to put up with it for now, thanks for the quick help!
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  6. Posts : 41,502
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    18362.592 is the latest 1903 build.
    How to uninstall Windows 10 version 1909, November 2019 Update • Pureinfotech

    You could 'Go back to the previous build' - Win 7 - you have 10 days by default - then download a 1903 iso (Heidoc iso downloader), ugrade manually using that to 1903 and block upgrades.

    Note: before all major changes make sure you have a current disk image, and use disk imaging routinely (e.g. Macrium Reflect free-paid + large enough external storage) - tirelessly recommended by tenforums members.

    In Win 10 DO NOT use the deprecated Windows backup features there for compatibility only with Win 7.
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  7. Posts : 289
    windows10 home v22H2 OS Build 19045.3693
       #7

    I've got 1909 Bulid18363.592 installed and the search box in file explorer is working fine. I much prefer Ultra Search though.
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  8. Posts : 41,502
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    Well you're lucky- see what the internet says as I said- so many complaints and other threads here on the topic- have you seen those?

    Try typing this- in 1909 the syntax isn't highlighted as guidance (and it's needed!): - just one thing they broke:
    Windows Explorer Search Bar won't let me type in it-1.png

    Have a look at the reports, and come back with a point by point comparison with the behaviour on yours. It would be great to think it's been fixed..
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  9. Posts : 16,194
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3693
       #9

    dalchina said:
    It would be great to think it's been fixed..
    dalchina,

    No, the File explorer search problem remains. No blue text for recognised syntax, no dropdowns for date / kind / ...
    I'm on Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1909 Build 18363.592

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 41,502
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    I wasn't suggesting that it had been - merely being wishful. Do you support that point of view?

    I don't think my use of English can be construed otherwise.
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