Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not working [Fixed]

We all know that with greater advancements comes a greater number of setback possibilities. And that’s what many of the users of Windows 10 are facing now.

Unfortunately, YOU are one of them. Or else why would you have bothered to peep in?

In the beginning, Windows search option was not that complicated. It was pretty simple.

But with the introduction of Cortana, tiles, and many more things in Windows 10, it all together has brought about various downfalls. Collapsing of Windows 10 Start Menu Search is cranking many rolling eyes across the internet, and queries in support providing websites lately.

So if your Cortana is a goner, don’t be a loner.

We are here to help you with the best tips possible on Windows 10 Search Menu Not Working Issue…….

Okay, now let’s get started with the real things below…

Tip #1: Re-register Cortana

By now, you must have discovered that Cortana is the main culprit for Search menu not working issue.

Thus you must restart your Cortana to check if it is working or not. Most probably it will not, claims users. Thus try to re-register it.

This method will guide you on how to re-register Cortana in the following steps:

Step 1. First of all, navigate down to the following location using conventional Windows File Explorer:


Step 2. Now right click on “powershell.exe” file and choose “Run as administrator” option from the submenu.

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Step 3. Once the blue PowerShell dialogue box opens up, paste the following coding given here:

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

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After you are done executing the coding, exit the PowerShell screen. Reboot your computer and you are good to go.

Search menu will most likely to start working now.

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If the problem still continues, try the next tip.

Tip #2:  Restart Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer is actually responsible for the smoother functioning of your Start menu and managing your files on PC.

Thus after trying out restarting your computer as a whole, restarting the Windows Explorer comes to the next niche solution to deal with Windows 10 Search Menu not Working issue.

This is how you begin this:

Step 1. Hold the “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” keys together to directly open the Task Manager.

Step 2. Click on “More details” from the bottom left corner and then scroll down to locate the “windows explorer” process.

Step 3. Click on it to select it, and then hit the “restart” button off the bottom right corner.

For a moment, it might look like your PC has gone into a momentary crash. But hold on a minute, it turns up perfectly fine in a short while with your Windows 10 Search Menu working.

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Still worried? Lemme guess the methods are not working! No problem.

Here comes another tip at your service monsieur.

Tip #3: Check & Modify Windows Search Service

There could be another plausible reason. Your Windows Search Service might not be working fine. Though it starts running by default automatically on system startup, sometimes, it might stop working.

So you have to manually check and modify the service if it got disabled somehow.

The following steps will guide you:

Step 1. Press “Windows Logo + R” keys together to bring up your favorite “Run” panel.

Step 2. In the text field, type “services.msc” and hit “Enter” and the Windows “Services” operating Window will open up.

Step 3. Scroll down the list of services to find out “Windows Search”. If it shows “Running” in the status column next to it, then it is fine. But if not, then you have to enable it.

Step 4. Right click on it and select “Properties” option from the context menu.

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Step 5. In the “startup type” panel, make sure it is selected to “Automatic”, then click on “Start” and then “Ok” button at the bottom.

Once the service starts running again, it will show the following status.

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This means, your Windows 10 menu search must start working by now.


Before starting up with all the tips explained below, restart your Cortana to check if it works or not. It is a very simple procedure but works on many unexpected occasions.

You can also try a lightweight tool called “Everything” which indexes and searches all types of files on your Windows computer.

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So in case of emergencies, you can use “Everything” tool. But don’t slacken your efforts to rectify the issue with Windows 10 Menu search for it is inconvenient to use “Everything” for the long run.

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