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How To Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Search not showing results

With Windows 10 the Start menu has made a comeback with the new design that is kind of familiar with improved search capabilities. Start Menu search is an older feature which is available in all windows versions From XP, Vista, 7, 8 to windows 8.1 But, In Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a search box in taskbar which is actually integrated with Cortana. With day to day windows updates start menu also get new features and improvements. But some users reported After install recent updates Start menu search may not go through right way windows 10 Start Menu Search not showing results When you type anything in start menu.




Windows Search would suddenly stop working and return no result at all while you type anything on start menu search then there is something wrong which prevent windows to display search results. There may be any Third-party programs especially the PC optimizer and antivirus are misbehave the search result. Or corrupted system files and services are the main reason behind the is error Start Menu Search not showing results. It also can be a result of your hard disk problem.

If you are facing the same problem with your Windows 10 start menu for whatever reason, Here fallow below solutions to fix this problem.

Restart the Cortana Process

Windows 10 Start menu Search is integrated with Cortana. If anything goes with the Cortana process the search results also not work properly. So that for basic troubleshooting first Restart the Cortana process form Task manager you will notice that results are displayed again. To do this

First Right click on Taskbar and select Task manager or you can use keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc to open the Task Manager. Click More details to view full view of task manager. Now Under process tab look for Cortana background host task.

Right click on it and select End Task. Do the same with Cortana process. The above action will restart the Cortana process, Now Try to search anything from start menu and see if it works.

Run The official Start menu Troubleshooting Tool

Microsoft noticed the Start menu problem for windows users and Release an Officially Troubleshooting tool to fix windows 10 start menu problems. So We recommend to First download and Run The tool and let windows to find and fix the problem itself.

Download The Start menu Troubleshooting Tool

Check Windows Search Service

Windows Search service is a system service and runs automatically on the system startup. Search Results depend on this windows Search service, for any unexpected reasons if this service get stopped or not started then you may face Search not showing results. This cause, you have to Start / Restart the Windows Search Service.

First open Run by press the Windows +  R key on your keyboard at the same time. Now on Run Type services.msc and hit the enter key. When the Windows Services window opens scroll down and look for Windows Search service. Right click on it and select properties. Once the Windows Search Properties dialog opens, click on the Startup Type drop down, and change it to Automatic.
Windows-search-services
Then click Start under service status if the service is not running. After that, click on OK to save and exit the dialog. Now Try to search anything and see if it “fixes start menu search not working problem” or not. If it doesn’t resolve the problem, Restart your PC and check again.

Troubleshoot via Indexing Options

If the above steps don’t fix Search Results problem then run the built-in search troubleshooter ( Rebuild Indexing Options ) to find out more about it. If the search index stopped, corrupted then also the windows search stop showing search results. In this case you have to rebuild the Indexing options.

Open Control panel from the desktop shortcut or you can press Windows + pause on the keyboard this will open the system properties. You will get option control panel Home. This will open the control panel now from small icons view look for Indexing options click on it.

This will open a new window here clicked on the “Advanced” button from the bottom, which will open another dialog. In the new dialog, you will see a “Rebuild” button under Troubleshooting click on it.

rebuild search index options
rebuild search index options

Rebuilding the index may take long time to complete message popup click ok to start the process. Keep in mind that this might take quite a while to finish. If that doesn’t help, just click on the “Troubleshoot search and indexing” link from the same dialog and follow the on-screen instructions.




These Three are the mostly working solution for fix Start Menu Search not showing results on windows 10. If you still getting the same problem. Then you have to look different functions like check for Virus malware, corrupt system files, Hard disk bad sector errors etc.

Re-register Cortana

As Before discuss windows 10 start menu search is integrated with Cortana. And Cortana might also be a reason why the search is not working. Try to re-registering the Cortana app which can help to fix your search results problem. To do this open Task Manager click on file – Run New task, Here type power shell and tick mark on create this task with administrative privileges. Hit ok to open power shell window.
Now Here On Power shell window type below command and press enter key.

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

Reinstall or re-register default Windows apps in Windows 10

wait until to execute the command. After that close the PowerShell, restart your system and you should have the start menu search working.

Look For Virus malware infection

If your system infected with virus or malware then this can prevent to do certain tasks, Block the search results. for this cause Install an antivirus with latest updated and perform a full system scan. Then after Restart the windows and check. Also use System optimizer tools like Ccleaner to repair Corrupt Registry which can also cause the search results not showing up.




Check for Corrupted System files

Sometimes if the windows system files get corrupted your system will start misbehaving like Running very slow, show error messages on startup, Startup take time or even the start menu search not work properly. Windows having a System utility SFC /SCANNOW which can scan and repair windows corrupt system files.

First of all, you will have to Open Command Prompt as Admin. Press Windows + X or Right Click on Start Button to Click on Command Prompt (Admin). Now Type “sfc /scannow” and hit enter.

Run System file checker Utility on windows 10 version 1803
Run System file checker Utility on windows 10 version 1803

This will scan your system for all its important system files, and replace where necessary. Wait until Windows scans and repairs system files. When the System file check and repair is completed, restart your computer and check the problem get solved.
If all of above methods not work then perform system Restore which can revert back your windows to the previous working state where windows working smoothly.

These are some best solutions to fix Windows 10 Start Menu Search not showing results error. have any query, suggestion or more solution for this error you can comment below.

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