What to Do If the Start Menu Search is Not Working Properly


Windows 10 has decided to give the Start Menu a grand comeback, although it’s still prone to issues every now and then, thanks to Cortana. Here are some workarounds if in case you are currently experiencing troubles with your PC’s Start Menu.

OPTION 1: Restart Windows Explorer

Of course, there’s the first thing you need to do and that is to restart your computer but if that fails, you may want to try restarting the Windows Explorer process. This is responsible for managing files on your PC as well as the smooth functioning of the Start Menu.

STEP 1: Press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Esc] to navigate straight to the Task Manager, then click the More details button.

STEP 2: Scroll down to Windows Explorer, right-click it from the list, and then select Restart.

STEP 3: Check if your Start Menu is now working as it should be, otherwise proceed to the next option.

OPTION 2: Check Windows Search Service

One of the possible reasons why your Start Menu search may not be working is because the Windows Search service is not running. Windows Search is a system service and runs automatically on the system startup. To check if the service is running:

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + [R] to open the Run command, then type in “services.msc” then hit OK.

STEP 2: Scroll down the list and look for Windows Search, then look under the Status column to see if it indicates Running.

NOTE: If not, then you have to start the Windows Search service manually. Proceed to the next step.

STEP 3: Right-click on Windows Search, then select Properties.

STEP 4: In the Properties window, click on the Start button to start the service.

STEP 5: Also, make sure that the Startup type is set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start).

NOTE: This makes sure that the service will automatically start at every system startup.

STEP 6: Click OK to save your changes.

NOTE: It should now indicate Running under the Status column next to the Windows Search service.

STEP 7: Check if your Start Menu is now working as it should be, otherwise proceed to the next option.

OPTION 3: Restart Cortana Process

There is a big chance that Cortana is what causing your Start Menu to go haywire. If that is the case, then the most effective approach is to restart the Cortana process.

STEP 1: Right-click on the taskbar, then select Task Manager.

STEP 2: When the Task Manager opens, find the Cortana process under the Processes tab, then click on the End task button at the bottom-right.

NOTE: This action will cause Cortana to restart its process.

STEP 3: Check if your Start Menu is now working as it should be, otherwise proceed to the next option.

OPTION 4: Re-register Cortana

If restarting the process fails, then the best next thing to try is to re-register the Cortana app. Here’s how:

STEP 1: Open Windows Explorer, then navigate to the following location: C:WindowsSystem32WindowsPowerShellv1.0

STEP 2: From the list, right-click on powershell.exe, then select Run as administrator.

STEP 3: After opening the PowerShell, copy the below code, then execute it.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

STEP 4: Once you’re done executing the command, close the Windows PowerShell, and then restart your system.

STEP 5: Check if your Start Menu is now working properly.

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