How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10  

    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10

    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    15 Apr 2021
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    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10


    Search Windows and the web from the taskbar to find help, apps, files, settings—you name it. You can also get quick answers from the web—like weather, stock prices, currency conversion, and much more—and get to websites faster by using links in the preview pane.

    Windows Search is a desktop search platform that has instant search capabilities for most common file and data types such as email, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, photos, multimedia, and other formats that can be extended by third party developers. These capabilities enable users to find, manage, and organize the increasing amount of data common in home and enterprise environments.

    If Windows Search is unresponsive and not working, you can try resetting Windows Search to fix problems with it.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to reset Windows Search in Windows 10.

    Resetting Windows Search does not affect your files. However, it may temporarily affect the relevance of search results.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to reset Windows Search.



    Here's How:

    1 Download the ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file from Microsoft at the link below. (see screenshot below)

    Reset Windows Search PowerShell script | Microsoft Download Center

    Download

    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10-download.png

    (contents of ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file for reference)
    Code:
    # Copyright © 2019, Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    function T-R
    {
        [CmdletBinding()]
        Param(
            [String] $n
        )
    
        $o = Get-Item -LiteralPath $n -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        return ($o -ne $null)
    }
    
    function R-R
    {
        [CmdletBinding()]
        Param(
            [String] $l
        )
    
        $m = T-R $l
        if ($m) {
            Remove-Item -Path $l -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        }
    }
    
    function S-D {
        R-R "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cortana\Testability"
        R-R "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Search\Testability"
    }
    
    function K-P {
        [CmdletBinding()]
        Param(
            [String] $g
        )
    
        $h = Get-Process $g -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    
        $i = $(get-date).AddSeconds(2)
        $k = $(get-date)
    
        while ((($i - $k) -gt 0) -and $h) {
            $k = $(get-date)
    
            $h = Get-Process $g -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
            if ($h) {
                $h.CloseMainWindow() | Out-Null
                Stop-Process -Id $h.Id -Force
            }
    
            $h = Get-Process $g -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        }
    }
    
    function D-FF {
        [CmdletBinding()]
        Param(
            [string[]] $e
        )
    
        foreach ($f in $e) {
            if (Test-Path -Path $f) {
                Remove-Item -Recurse -Force $f -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
            }
        }
    }
    
    function D-W {
    
        $d = @("$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Cortana_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\AppCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Cortana_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Cortana_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetCookies",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Cortana_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetHistory",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\AppCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetCookies",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetHistory",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Search_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\AppCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Search_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Search_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetCookies",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Search_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\INetHistory",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\AppCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetCache",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetCookies",
            "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\INetHistory")
    
        D-FF $d
    }
    
    function R-L {
        [CmdletBinding()]
        Param(
            [String] $c
        )
     
        K-P $c 2>&1 | out-null
        D-W # 2>&1 | out-null
        K-P $c 2>&1 | out-null
    
        Start-Sleep -s 5
    }
    
    function D-E {
        Write-Host "Press any key to continue..."
        $Host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyUp") > $null
    }
    
    Write-Output "Verifying that the script is running elevated"
    if (-Not ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal] [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] 'Administrator')) {
     if ([int](Get-CimInstance -Class Win32_OperatingSystem | Select-Object -ExpandProperty BuildNumber) -ge 6000) {
      $Cx = "-File `"" + $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path + "`" " + $MyInvocation.UnboundArguments
      Start-Process -FilePath PowerShell.exe -Verb Runas -ArgumentList "-noexit",$Cx
      Exit
     }
    }
    
    $a = "searchui"
    $b = "$Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy"
    if (Test-Path -Path $b) {
        $a = "searchapp"
    } 
    
    
    Write-Output "Resetting Windows Search Box"
    S-D 2>&1 | out-null
    R-L $a
    
    Write-Output "Done..."
    D-E

    2 Save the ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file. (see screenshot below)

    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10-unblock.png

    4 Open an elevated Windows PowerShell or elevated command prompt.

    5 Type the command below into the elevated Windows PowerShell or elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -File "<Full path of ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file>"

    Substitute <Full path of ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file> in the command above with the actual full path of the ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1 file (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1").

    For example: PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -File "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\ResetWindowsSearchBox.ps1"


    6 When the script is Done, you can close the elevated Windows PowerShell or elevated command prompt window.

    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10-reset_windows_search_script.png
    How to Reset Windows Search in Windows 10-reset_windows_search_command.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,225
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #1

    Hi Shawn, noting this refers extensively to Cortana, is it still valid for 20H2?
    Thanks.
      My Computers

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,799
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
    Thread Starter
       #2

    dalchina said:
    Hi Shawn, noting this refers extensively to Cortana, is it still valid for 20H2?
    Thanks.
    Hello mate,

    It should still work with 20H2. The script appears to re-register and reset both Cortana and Windows Search.
      My Computers


 

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