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Windows 10 Search Bar not working

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#1 LilyMartinez


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 11:50 AM

Hey there, so, the 'Ask me anything' bar aka the search bar is not working, I've just reinstalled Windows 10 and this is happening, and I can't bare another reinstall. I've tried a few fixes on google like restarting PC, restarting the Windows Explorer process, and restarting the Windows Search service or turning it off and back on, etc.. I can't get it to work. I click the search bar, it shows the little loading icon and then nothing. I've been searching google but only finding 'solutions' that I've already tried and they don't work for me. If anyone knows anything else I can try to get this to work, please do!



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#2 iceblitzed


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:46 PM

I've had similar problems with indexing in the past several times before. I am not familiar with Windows 10 (I use win 7). Try the the following:


1. Download a program called Everything: https://www.voidtools.com/. It is a file search program. In my opinion, it is better than the windows search


2. Not sure if this will work: Try deleting and rebuilding your index: Go to Control Panel > Indexing Options > Advanced > Rebuild

More information on rebuilding index here: https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/how-to-solve-windows-search-issues-index-rebuild/


Note this takes some time to complete. I would recommend you leave this overnight

Edited by iceblitzed, 19 December 2017 - 12:51 PM.

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 10:21 AM

Please run System File Checker.

The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces corrupted and incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

Important:  There will be a short message at the end of the scan informing you of the results.  If you receive the message "no integrity violations were found" you don't need to do anything else, no corrupt files were found.  You should watch the scan to see the results at the end of the scan.

This needs to be run using an Administrator account.  

Click/tap on the Taskbar Search icon (magnifing glass) and type cdm.

You will see Command Prompt under Best match, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Copy and paste the command below in the Command Prompt, then press Enter.

sfc /scannow

This scan will take a while to run, please do not abort the scan as this can result in damage to the operating system.

If integrity issues are found in the scan please post the CBS log using the instructions below.

To find sfc /scannow log open the Command Prompt, copy and paste the command below, then press Enter.

copy %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log %userprofile%\Desktop\cbs.txt

This will place the log on your desktop.  Copy and paste the log at the host website I've suggested below.

This log usually is very large, for this reason you should use a host website like Dropbox to post the log.  You can start a free 30 day trial.  Once you have loaded the log at Dropbox post a link to the website.

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