Windows 10: Search is not working. Solved

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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       28 Mar 2015 #1

    Search is not working.


    Hi.

    A few days ago I have got build 10041 via windows update. Works good overall, but I am having a little issue from then. Search is not working. When I click on the search button on the desktop, it does nothing.

    Is there any way that I can get it back?

    Also, what does this blank bar do?

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    Thanks a lot in advance.
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  2.    28 Mar 2015 #2

    Isn't that the space for name of the group of tiles, just like Explore Windows at the bottom of the screen? Seems like you are now editing the name of topmost group...

    Start - Group your Apps in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Mar 2015 at 14:46. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3.    28 Mar 2015 #3

    Yes. Just type a name for the group you are showing. You can rearrange the groups and give each one a name.
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  4.    28 Mar 2015 #4

    Arc said: View Post
    Hi.

    A few days ago I have got build 10041 via windows update. Works good overall, but I am having a little issue from then. Search is not working. When I click on the search button on the desktop, it does nothing.

    Is there any way that I can get it back?
    I've had this issue with build 10041, a simple reboot fixes it, in my case.
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  5.    28 Mar 2015 #5

    This will sound a little weird and off base, but I had the same problem. I couldn't even click into the bar on the task bar where Cortana was located. Couldn't right click over it either.

    I found this in the tutorial, Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    and used Option 2, because I could perform Option 1. I turned it off, then back on again...rebooted like fracking4oil suggested and it returned.

    Now like I said, weird and off base but it worked for me.
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       28 Mar 2015 #6

    Arc said: View Post
    Hi.

    A few days ago I have got build 10041 via windows update. Works good overall, but I am having a little issue from then. Search is not working. When I click on the search button on the desktop, it does nothing. [/INDENT]
    Coratna 10.041 requires three things

    An active Internet connection
    Settings: turned on
    An MS account.

    In my experience, if you are not connected, it does nothing.
    If you are connected and it is off, it shows the trends, but search is still brain dead
    If you try to sign-in to your MS account through Cortana, the dialog wants you to Switch from a local account to a MS account. That's not just signing in, that's more than I wanted to do, so that's as far as I went ... I did not Switch to a MS account. I have another account set up to test with that, but I never would have seen this on that sign-in account.
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    Thread Starter
       29 Mar 2015 #7

    Olivir2014 said: View Post
    Isn't that the space for name of the group of tiles, just like Explore Windows at the bottom of the screen? Seems like you are now editing the name of topmost group...
    Thank you Oliver. A click on this place showed that white bar. I was not familiar with it, now I know. Thanks.

    davehc said: View Post
    Yes. Just type a name for the group you are showing. You can rearrange the groups and give each one a name.
    Yes, Dave. Thank you for making it clear.

    fracking4oil said: View Post
    I've had this issue with build 10041, a simple reboot fixes it, in my case.
    But a number of reboots did noting for me.

    gzt7d8 said: View Post
    This will sound a little weird and off base, but I had the same problem. I couldn't even click into the bar on the task bar where Cortana was located. Couldn't right click over it either.

    I found this in the tutorial, Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    and used Option 2, because I could perform Option 1. I turned it off, then back on again...rebooted like fracking4oil suggested and it returned.

    Now like I said, weird and off base but it worked for me.
    I cannot follow option 1, because if I click on search it does nothing.
    Did the option 2, but it seems that I am not as lucky as you are. Will try it again.
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    Thread Starter
       29 Mar 2015 #8

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Coratna 10.041 requires three things

    An active Internet connection
    Settings: turned on
    An MS account.

    In my experience, if you are not connected, it does nothing.
    If you are connected and it is off, it shows the trends, but search is still brain dead
    If you try to sign-in to your MS account through Cortana, the dialog wants you to Switch from a local account to a MS account. That's not just signing in, that's more than I wanted to do, so that's as far as I went ... I did not Switch to a MS account. I have another account set up to test with that, but I never would have seen this on that sign-in account.
    I have tried two previous builds of 10, and search (not Cortana, I always did "stop getting to know me) worked all the times .... online or offline, microsoft account or local account.
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    Thread Starter
       29 Mar 2015 #9

    By the way .... what is this now?

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       29 Mar 2015 #10

    I used to have this same issue and this was actually from a couple of updates back. I finally fixed the issue today and it boiled down to rebuilding the search index for me. This is how you can do that:

    Index - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

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