How to Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not Working

Many of the device users complain that after doing Windows 10 1809 upgrade their Start menu search stopped working.

When searching for things in the device, the start menu results does not display any results. A few of the common reasons might cause Windows search problems to occur. For instance, a file on your Windows 10 device might be corrupted.

The method of fixing the start menu search that stopped working

  1. Firstly, do a right-click on Taskbar.
  2. Then, choose Task Manager.
  3. Next, do a right-click on Windows Explorer.
  4. After that, right-click on Restart option.
  5. Then, check whether now the Search box on the device is working or not.

Ensure that your device does have the newest updates installed.

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For checking as well as installing the latest windows updates, you need to go through the following points properly.

  1. Firstly, put the combination of Windows+R.
  2. Then, write ms-settings.
  3. After that, press OK for launching settings.
  4. Next, press on updates and security.
  5. Then, tap on Windows update. It will be located on the left-hand side.
  6. After that, press on the ‘check for updates’ option.
  7. Next, allow updates to happen for you.
  8. After that, restart your windows.

Look for Search Service running on your device

  1. Firstly, press the combination of Windows+R buttons on your keyboard.
  2. Then, write services.msc.
  3. After that, tap on the enter button.
  4. Next, go to Services pull-down on Windows.
  5. After that, find a service named windows search.
  6. See whether the Service is Running, if it does, you need to do right click and choose restart.
  7. Note that if it gets stopped, then you need to do a double click on it for launching its properties.
  8. Over here, you need to ensure that startup type is put to Automatic.
  9. Next, tap ‘Start bellow Service Status’.
  10. After that, press OK to save the changes that have been made.
  11. Lastly, check by searching for anything from the Windows Start menu search.

The method of running Search and Indexing troubleshooter

  1. Firstly, put the combination of Windows+I for going to settings.
  2. Then, press on updates and security.
  3. Next, click on Troubleshoot.
  4. After that, on the right side find Search and Indexing.
  5. Lastly, you need to run the troubleshooter.

The method of rebuilding Windows Search Indexer

  1. Firstly, put the combination of Windows + R buttons on your keyboard.
  2. Then, write a control panel.
  3. After that, tap on ok.
  4. Next, look for Indexing options and press on it.
  5. Then, press the Advanced option.
  6. After that, press Rebuild under Troubleshooting part.
  7. Lastly, tap on OK.


JEANNE E. WINFIELD is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for McAfee security products at

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