1.    4 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Cortana search not work / Windows search not work / Not indexing


    I tired of these things, every time when i try come in Windows 10 same bugs happened again and again. One of this - Cortana not indexing any new files, i tried restarting services, changing different folders, rebuilding indexing, making system scan, troubleshooting, nothing not work.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	showcase.png 
Views:	13 
Size:	596.9 KB 
ID:	158766Click image for larger version. 

Name:	scannow_check.png 
Views:	6 
Size:	95.3 KB 
ID:	158765
    She show only default programs and settings, all new installed things not showing. In Windows 7 Start Menus folder always indexing.
    I installed system yesterday. I thought maybe Fall Creators Update fixed that problems but no, today all repeat as in first release in 2015.
    DxDiag.txt file attached (Full info about my system)
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,986
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    In Indexing Options you only have Start Menu shown. You have eliminated any other areas from being indexed. But you are blaming Windows.

    Note- that will also mean search in Settings (which is useful) will be slow.

    Cortana file search only finds items which have been indexed. Nothing indexed= noting found.

    You need to expand the areas indexed in Indexing options. Then you can watch the number indexed increase in Indexing options (wehn your PC is idle).

    My indexing options:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	41.5 KB 
ID:	158772
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    In Indexing Options you only have Start Menu shown. You have eliminated any other areas from being indexed. But you are blaming Windows.

    Note- that will also mean search in Settings (which is useful) will be slow.

    Cortana file search only finds items which have been indexed. Nothing indexed= noting found.

    You need to expand the areas indexed in Indexing options. Then you can watch the number indexed increase in Indexing options (wehn your PC is idle).

    My indexing options:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	41.5 KB 
ID:	158772
    I said i tried indexing different folders and drives, nothing work, for example i maked same indexing folder in windows 7 - all working normally.. in windows 10 same indexing configuration - not work. I try against rebuild indexing for C drive with that config.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	cindexing.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	21.2 KB 
ID:	158773
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,986
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    So the indexing count has increased. That means the database is growing.

    Could you be more specific - 'nothing works'? Where - what- how...?

    And have you compared a search using file explorer? See if that finds one of your indexed files.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    Alright, my bad, that indexing desktop images and folders on C drive, but not all, ProgramData folder still not indexing, i am can't find anything from that folder, and i want indexing that folder, all shortcuts from new programms installing right in Start Menu folder, it is being always, this folder created for shortcuts and Windows search.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	indexingDesktop.jpg 
Views:	13 
Size:	342.9 KB 
ID:	158774
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    4 Weeks Ago #6
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,986
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, I suggest you
    a. wait for indexing to be complete
    b. open file explorer at a point in the file hierarchy above a folder you wish to search which has been indexed
    c. type the file name in file explorer's search field
    d. post
    i. Indexing options showing the folder is specified to be indexed
    ii file explorer showing the search text and result
    like this:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	129.4 KB 
ID:	158780

    There you can see H: is indexed; explorer is open at H: ; I'm searching for a file doc-47 ; That's been found in a folder on drive H:
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    4 Weeks Ago #7
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    Explorer search work properly.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	explorer_search.png 
Views:	8 
Size:	185.5 KB 
ID:	158785
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    4 Weeks Ago #8
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,986
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Good. Now Cortana search will NOT find any form of executable file or dll.

    Also note that you may need to select a file filter (along the top and the drop down V) before you see your result
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Untitled.png 
Views:	1 
Size:	93.8 KB 
ID:	158788
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    4 Weeks Ago #9
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    No, ProgramData items still not indexing in Cortana search (Of course i am not idiot and i tried selecting different files type) but i found different solution, no so convenient as it being in Windows 7, this requires manually dragging shortcuts. I am just create Shortcut folder in Documents, and select this folder in indexing options, now Cortana indexes files in this folder and displays it.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	solution.png 
Views:	7 
Size:	1.69 MB 
ID:	158792

    That not exactly what i want, but think is can be marked as Solved.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  10.    4 Weeks Ago #10
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,986
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    ProgramData items still not indexing in Cortana search
    - note- Cortana does no indexing- it relies on the Windows indexed search data base

    Here are some examples from a folder in my ProgramData. Note the different results and search text and choices in the Cortana window.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1.png 
Views:	1 
Size:	97.2 KB 
ID:	158799
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	3.png 
Views:	1 
Size:	166.1 KB 
ID:	158800

    You shouldn't have to do what you're doing: Try comparing a file explorer search with a Cortana search for the same file in ProgramData. if it's found in the former but not the latter it may be a file type Cortana won't search for.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Solved Keyboard does not work in Cortana search, MS Edge and Wi-Fi
Moderators: Please move this post to the appropriate sub-forum... This one puzzles me... It's a Lenovo T430 laptop with i5-3320M CPU, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 version 1703 (15063.540), not connected to domain but member of a...
Drivers and Hardware
Solved [Mac] CMD key /search icon /search box on taskbar don't work in .351?
Hi guys, After updating my Windows 10 to .351 I can no longer use the (CMD key on Mac) key / search icon / search box on the taskbar. Any suggestions how to tweak this issue? TIA Cheers
Windows Updates and Activation
Cortana Search is messed up because indexing service won't turn on
So my cortana search is messed up because the indexing service (Windows search service) won't turn on. I get the error "Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer. Error 15: The system cannot find the drive specified." when...
General Support
Cortana/Search won't work
Hey, search box a.k.a cortana isn't working. I tried the method with task manager to end the process but it isn't working. Anyone has any ideas how can i make this work? Thanks
Software and Apps
How do I get Windows Search to work like it did B4 it broke?
I don't remember exactly what items I altered in the modify locations tab in indexing options or if I did anything else, but I did but I did try a system restore and also a control panel+searchindex then checked all boxes and choose rebuild and it...
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:32.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums