How to fix windows 10 search services not working


All of sudden you can see in your windows 10 search services not working and  sometimes you can’t even type in windows 10 search bar, cant even open search bar when clicking on it and becomes unresponsive and this is big issue coz lot of windows 10 users use windows 10 search only to open files, settings, device manager, rebuild indexing and search for excel files or word files on windows 10. By following simple steps you can easily fix this issue windows 10 search not working easily.

How to Fix Windows 10 search not working:

Enable windows 10 Search services to fix windows 10 search not working:

Step 1: Right click on taskbar and select taskbar manager

Step 2: Click on more details

Step 3: Click on services tab

Step 4: Now at the bottom click on open service settings.

Note: You need to check windows 10  search services is running or not.

Step 5: In services settings window-> On right side pane scroll down and find windows search and check start up type.

Step 6: Double click on windows search and make sure it is running properly, if it is disabled then change start up type to Automatic by using Start-up type drop down.

Step 7: click apply and click on start service, then click ok.

Step 8: Restart your computer to make changes effect on your windows 10 computer.

Once you restart you computer, now your windows 10 computer will start working fine without any issue of windows 10 search services not working issue any more once you enable search services.

Indexing option / rebuild index to fix windows 10 search not working

Step 1: Click on file explorer from your windows 10 taskbar

Step 2: open control panel

Step 3: Click on Indexing Options.

Step 4: Click on Advanced option.

Step 5: Now in troubleshooting rebuild index ->Click on rebuilt button and Ok.

Step 6: Once you click ok rebuilding index takes time, so be patient here. Once it is done it says indexing complete

Step 7: After indexing complete you still face issue then you can go ahead and click on troubleshoot search and indexing option and windows 10 will automatically detect problem and fix issue for you for windows 10 search not working.

Cftmon.ext path and Hit enter

Step 1: Right Click on start and click on Run.

Step 2: In run type c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.ext and hit enter

Power shell commands to fix windows 10 search not working:

Step 1: Right click on start box and click on windows powershell (admin)

Step 2: Once your powershell gets open type PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted and hit enter.

Step 3: Now type: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and hit enter.

Step 4: Now type: $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest and hit enter.

After executing all the above commands in windows powershell, you should now see your windows 10 search not working will start working once you restart your computer.

Why windows search is not working?

This is mainly due to if your windows services are turned off automatically by updating windows 10 computer or it may be due to antivirus software blocked or infected, malware on your windows 10.

How to fix windows search is not working?

There are couple of methods to fix windows 10 search not working by enabling windows search services, troubleshooting, sfc scan and by windows 10 power shell commands.

Can I fix windows search not working using windows power shell?

Yes! You can fix by executing commands in windows power shell as mentioned in this article and fix windows search  not working.

Does rebuilding fix windows 10 search not working?

Yes! Rebuilding index in windows 10 search builds indexing and everything and depending up on your windows 10 computer it depends how much time it takes to rebuild indexing again.

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