Windows 10: Win10 search: “These results may be incomplete”, won't find files
Win10 search: “These results may be incomplete”, won't find files
Hello. Windows 10 bugs are driving me insane, I hope some of you can help me. I'm using a 3 months old hp Spectre x360 (early 2016 model) which came preinstalled with Windows 10. It currently has the Anniversary Edition installed. When I try to search based on the files contents from the search menu, I get the known “These results may be incomplete” message on top. In Windows Explorer, the search box on the top right only searches for filenames, but not file content, and it takes a lot of time to process (as if it worked with the search index disabled). Outlook 2016 / 365 search doesn't work either, at all (it doesn't even search on the mails' subjects).
- The locale is en-US.
- I've uninstalled and reinstalled the search component using dism.
- I've rebuilt the index several times.
- I've restarted the Windows Search index many times, too.
- I've run the search and indexing troubleshooter.
- I didn't install an AV other than using the built-in Windows Defender.
- This is most likely another Windows 10 bug, because I haven't thinkered with this computer at all.
I don't know what else to do. Normally I'd pave over with a fresh install, but I'm not sure every driver will be readily available, and I don't have as much time as I used to for playing with the computer. Any ideas?
C:\WINDOWS\system32> dism /online /get-intlDeployment Image Servicing and Management toolVersion: 10.0.14393.0Image Version: 10.0.14393.0Reporting online international settings.Default system UI language : en-USSystem locale : en-USActive keyboard(s) : 0409:00000409, 0409:0000080a, 2c0a:0000080aKeyboard layered driver : PC/AT Enhanced Keyboard (101/102-Key)Installed language(s): en-US Type : Fully localized language.The operation completed successfully.
Last edited by pcuaron; 3 Weeks Ago at 14:39.
Reason: edited for clarity
Hi! Thanks for helping me. Yes, I've run the troubleshooter; it says "Troubleshooting couldn't identify the problem". :/
Every relevant folder has the "Allow this files in this folder to have contents indexed checkbox". I didn't change it from the default, and I re-checked: the Users folder has that setting on.
>> "- often associated with an incomplete language change- but you say you haven't done that?" I haven't changed the language of the UI. My country or region is from Latin America, and I have English-US as the Windows display language, and then a variant of Spanish as a secondary language. That secondary language has a Spanish keyboard layout set so I can quickly switch between English and Spanish with alt+shift.
In the indexing options cmdlet, all the relevant filetypes (.docx, .pdf, etc) are set to "properties and content" indexing.
Windows 10 is gonna make me spontaneously combust.
Please post a screenshot of your Indexing Options. Thanks. - Like this:
Also one showing Cortana like this:
(You can't use snip for that, do print screen then crop as you like in e.g. Paint).
What you've observed is interesting- and suggests something related to startup being applied. I can't think what it might be.
Have you changed anything related to so-called privacy?
Also try searching in Settings and check if that works.
Last edited by dalchina; 3 Weeks Ago at 08:12.
I don't index anything and use Wise Jetsearch. Extremely fast.
Unfortunately that doesn't help solve the question. I use Locate32 - which, like Ultrasearch, Everything, gives 'instant' results for all files and disks. But it is handy at times to have Windows search working.
None of the above 3rd party tools index text file content.
By the way: if you use the search box and find things in the start menu, or search Settings, and get quick results, you are using indexing.
I agree but personally I have never had the need to search for text inside files. And I believe that Windows indexing takes a lot of time and slows your PC considerably. Certainly the 3rd party apps use some index, but I never noticed an effect of building such index. Results on file names are immediate.
Not true. Windows indexing is done when there's little activity on your PC. It backs off (stops) when you're using your PC.
And I believe that Windows indexing takes a lot of time and slows your PC considerably.
Once the indexing is done, unless you change or add files in regions indexed, rebuild the index, or change indexed folders, there's very little for it to do. I suspect your comment goes back to XP days when it was common to disable it. Doing that now is to do yourself a disservice in respect of searching the start menu and Settings.
Please can we not further deviate from the objective of this thread as originally posted. Thanks.
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