Windows 10: Remove search results from start menu "type here to search" without losing local indexing

Discus and support Remove search results from start menu "type here to search" without losing local indexing in Cortana to solve the problem; I have a computer I'd like to only access a few domains through a managed browser Chrome. Using Microsoft's family safety app, I've blocked all... Discussion in 'Cortana' started by JonAdmin, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. JonAdmin Win User

    Remove search results from start menu "type here to search" without losing local indexing


    I have a computer I'd like to only access a few domains through a managed browser Chrome. Using Microsoft's family safety app, I've blocked all unwanted apps and other browsers. However, the start menu still allows for unfiltered access to the web thanks to built-in bing searches. I've tried editing the registry with just about every possible key combination I've found online going back to 2010;

    AllowCortana = 0, CortanaConsent = 0, DisableSearchBoxSuggestions = 1, ConnectedSearchUseWeb = 0, BingSearchEnabled = 0


    Still, every time I log in the start menu shows bing searches. What settings or registry entries to I need to change to disable this feature from interfering with my setup?

    :)
     
    JonAdmin, Feb 21, 2021
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  2. Arul_D Win User

    Windows 10 search not indexing Outlook 2013, no search results

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in using Windows 10.

    Let's diagnose the issue by referring to the following suggestion and check if that helps you.

    First of all, I would suggest you to check if the
    Windows Search
    Service is running in Automatic mode under the list of Windows services. You can follow the steps to check and start the
    Windows Search again:

    • Press Windows+R keys to open Run. Type “servces.msc” without quotes and hit
      Enter.
    • From the list of services, locate the Windows Search Support Service
      and Windows Search Service.
    • Right click on the Windows Search Service
      and then click on Properties.
    • Check if the service is running. If not, start the service and change the
      Startup type to Automatic.
    • Follow the same steps to start the Bluetooth service
      and change the startup type to Automatic.
    You can also try the following suggestion.

    Run the Search and Indexing troubleshooter. Follow the steps mentioned below.

    • Press “Windows key + W”.
    • Type “Troubleshooting” without quotes in the Search box and hit enter.
    • Select “View all” option from the left panel.
    • Select “Search and Indexing”.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.
    Hope this information helps you. Please do let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Arul_D, Feb 21, 2021
    #2
  3. Start menu Search can't click on search results leading to Settings pages + Settings search results not loading

    Hello Abhishek,

    We regret the inconvenience and at the same time we appreciate the effort you have put in to resolve the issue. Let me assist you further.

    From the description provided, I understand that you are experiencing functionality issues with Windows in the following areas:

    • Search Results in the Settings pane do not work.
    • The Search results through Search Bar in Windows is unresponsive or sporadic when it comes to basic functionality.

    As an initial recommendation, I suggest you to try the Search and Indexing troubleshooter to fix the problem. It makes sure that the Windows Search service is running, and checks to see whether you have the correct permissions
    to search all the directories on your computer.

    Follow the steps given below to run Search and Indexing Troubleshooter.


    • 1. Type Troubleshooting in the Search box
      from the desktop.

      2. Select the Troubleshooting option.

      3. Select View All option and select the Search
      and Indexing
      .

      4. Click on Next to perform the Search
      and Indexing troubleshooter
      and follow the steps.

    Now, follow the below methods and check if it helps.

    Method 1

    If no corrupted system files were found in the previous state or were irrecoverable, then I suggest you to try the following steps to deploy the DISM command lines:


    • Press Windows key + X.

    • Click command prompt (Run as administrator).

    • In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type the following commands. Press Enter key after each command:

      DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

      DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

      Important: When you run this command, DISM uses Windows Update to provide the files that are required to fix corruptions.

    • To close the Administrator: Command prompt window, type Exit, and then press Enter.

      Click
      here
      for more information about running the DISM Tool.

    Method 2

    Lets try to narrow down the issue, if the issue is at a specific user level.
    I suggest you to check if the same issue occur when logged in through a different Local Administrator user account.



    Follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Assuming that you are already logged on to your user account in Windows 10, click the Start button.
    • From the Start menu, click your name from the top of the left pane.
    • From the displayed options click Sign out.
    • From the login screen, click to the different user account you want to switch to.


    However, if you do not have a separate user account, I suggest you to create another Local administrator user account by referring to the Microsoft article here: Set
    up accounts
    .

    Kindly keep us posted on the results for us to be able to assist you further.

    Thank You.
     
    Sayan_Ghosh, Feb 21, 2021
    #3
  4. YD Cui Win User

    Remove search results from start menu "type here to search" without losing local indexing

    Start menu Search can't click on search results leading to Settings pages + Settings search results not loading

    After I installed the Creator's Update (Version 1703, OS Build 15063.296), I found some results in start menu search being not clickable (i.e., no repsonse when clicking on them) while other results being fine.

    I tried everything I could find by google:

    • Restart Cortana through task manager
    • Restart WSearch service through services.msc
    • Rebuild windows search index
    • Reinstall/Re-register windows apps through Dism.exe
    • Modify windows registry

    Nothing workable.

    However, when logged in with another account, I found the start menu search working fine.

    Then I read this article (SOLVED: Video: How To Hard Reset or Remove Cortana In Windows 10) and follow his steps 1-3:

    • Create a new administrator on your Window 10 and sign in as that user
    • Delete (or rename) C:\Users\<PROBLEM USER>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy
    • Sign back in as the PROBLEM USER
    • Open PowerShell as an admin and type (or paste)

      Add-AppxPackage -Path “C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\Appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register
    I didn't walk through all 4 steps, cause when I logged in with the "PROBLEM USER" I found everthing was okay.

    I guess the start menu search (or cortana search) works as following procedures:

    • Build a private database, including start menu programs, control panel items, etc.
    • When users try to search something, it starts from the private database
    • Then it shows the results queried from WSearch databases
    Hence, if something wrong with the items in its private database, the result is not clickable. Clear its private database will fix the problems.
     
    YD Cui, Feb 21, 2021
    #4
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