Windows 10: Unable to Type in Search the Web and Windows Bar

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  1.    25 Nov 2015 #1

    Unable to Type in Search the Web and Windows Bar


    I've just upgraded my laptop to Win10 (did my desktop several months ago). The laptop is unable to take input to the Search the web and Windows task bar. I've searched the web, but all I've found was references to killing and restarting Search from the task manager, but there is no Search running. Also any time I try to start Cortana, I can see it start in Task Manager, but it then disappears. So the short of it is can't start Cortana and there is no Search running to restart. How do I get this feature to work?
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  2.    26 Nov 2015 #2

    robnelli said: View Post
    I've just upgraded my laptop to Win10 (did my desktop several months ago). The laptop is unable to take input to the Search the web and Windows task bar. I've searched the web, but all I've found was references to killing and restarting Search from the task manager, but there is no Search running. Also any time I try to start Cortana, I can see it start in Task Manager, but it then disappears. So the short of it is can't start Cortana and there is no Search running to restart. How do I get this feature to work?
    Maybe this is relevant:
    Solved Re-installing Cortana - Windows 10 Forums
    and there are a good number of other such threads- worth doing a search.

    You could try this:
    1. Open run command, type PowerShell and press enter to open it
    2. Right click on its icon on taskbar and select Run as administrator
    3. Paste the below script
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    4. Wait for the Powershell to complete the process, ignore any errors if displayed in the window.

    Does your start menu work?
    How many icons do you see down the side of the Cortana box (if you can display it - Win key + S)?

    Beyond that, as you upgraded, there is a possibility of something being incompatible. What happens if you do a clean boot?

    Please clarify "unable to take input to the Search the web and Windows task bar."
    - I assume you mean the search box displayed on the taskbar. Please advise if not.
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  3.    27 Nov 2015 #3

    Your suggestion unfortunately did not resolve the problem. I still cannot type anything in the "Search the web and Windows" box in the task bar. Additionally Cortana still will not run. When I hit the Windows Key and the S key, I can see Cortana start up from within the Task Manager but it immediately closes (exits).
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  4.    27 Nov 2015 #4

    Ok, can you open the action centre and see if Location is on? If not, can you turn it on?

    If not, could be a geolocation issue.
    Please see
    Cortana and Search not opening - Microsoft Community
    and read past the first few sections to where it talks about geolocation.

    I had that problem in the early days.
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  5.    27 Nov 2015 #5

    I checked that my geolocation service is running; and it is; per the link you provided. What is the "action center" where you say to check "location" ?
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  6.    28 Nov 2015 #6

    robnelli said: View Post
    I checked that my geolocation service is running; and it is; per the link you provided. What is the "action center" where you say to check "location" ?
    Hi, a search engine is your best friend. Herewith, found by a search 'action center "windows 10"'
    Windows 10 Preview, Release Date, News Features: How to Use Windows 10 Action Center

    Again:
    Does your start menu work?
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  7.    29 Nov 2015 #7

    I've gone to the action center and have turned location on and rebooted. Still unable to type anything in the search box of the task bar. The start menu works fine.
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  8.    29 Nov 2015 #8

    Ok, let's cover the basics.

    From an elevated command prompt
    sfc /scannow
    Wait for this to complete- 20-30 mins perhaps..

    If SFC is unable to repair corrupted system files because the store (source) is corrupted, then you could run the Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command to fix Windows component store corruption, then afterwards try running the SFC scan again.

    (For reference & if you need more help see:
    sfconline - Microsoft Community)

    Can you check your region and language settings and make sure you are in a region where Cortana is available?

    (For reference & if you need more help see:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/i...0-fe44dcf08ecb
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  9.    29 Nov 2015 #9

    I ran sfc and it reported that it found no integrity violations. I checked my region and language and it is United States and US English.
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  10.    29 Nov 2015 #10

    Can you open Cortana (Win key+ S) and post a screen shot of just that please?
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