Windows 10 – How to fix start menu search not working

Problem

When attempting to search for items in the Windows 10 start menu – no results are shown.

This happens whether you’re searching for files, programs or Windows 10 features.

Solution

This has happened several times for me on different computers.

The first thing to try is restart the computer – but that has never fixed it for me.

What has fixed it is re-registering Cortana – the engine behind the search results.

The steps below show how to do this.

  1. Browse to the following location
  2. C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0
  3. Here you will find powershell.exe
  4. Right-click on it and choose ‘Run as Administrator’
  5. In the PowerShell window enter the following command and wait for it to finish running
  6. Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  7. When it’s finished running you can close the PowerShell window.
  8. The search should now be working.

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