Windows 10: Windows Live Search in StartMenu not working even after troubleshooting

Discus and support Windows Live Search in StartMenu not working even after troubleshooting in Cortana to solve the problem; My Windows Search in startmenu used to work fine. Suddenly one day it failed to work and the place where the files you search for is displayed in... Discussion in 'Cortana' started by nedfire, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. nedfire Win User

    Windows Live Search in StartMenu not working even after troubleshooting


    My Windows Search in startmenu used to work fine. Suddenly one day it failed to work and the place where the files you search for is displayed in searchmenu came out blank. I tried troubleshooting with System&Security troubleshooting option but it cant identify the problem. The search in startmenu still turn out blank. What could cause this problem and how do I fix it? I dont think the problem was related to Cortana because Cortana was unavailable in my region,hence I never used it.

    :)
     
    nedfire, Apr 15, 2019
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  2. Startmenu not "updating"

    Hey,

    I got the following problem:

    • Newly installed Programs/Apps will not show up in the startmenu
    • Programs/Shortcuts I add to the Startmenu folders want show in my startmenu
    • Startmenu search won't find the new items either, even not if they are pinned to the startmenu

    What I have tried to fix my problem:

    • Rebuilding my search index
    • Reinstalling all windows apps, including cortana
    • Try to locate the issue with the System File Checker (sfc /scannow) ⇒ nothing found
    • Running the troubleshooter ⇒ returns "incorrect permissions on Windows Search directoriers"
      • changed the default Search folder where the index is saved
      • checked permissions for the Search folder (seems ok)

    What I think initially caused the error:

    • I switched from German to English on my Win10 PC
      • I then realised that a lot of my searchable windows settings still showed inGerman and not in English and were in addition not clickable anymore (nothing happended)
      • I could not fix the issue so I switched back to German
      • This made the Win10 settings searchable and clickable again, but since then my Startmenu seems to be stuck on its old index
    I am running Windows 10 Education with the Anniversary Update - which for me removed Cortana (maybe this issue is connected?)

    Any help or advise?
     
    Ciaran Baulig, Apr 15, 2019
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    The tutorials provided are just a list of troubleshooting steps. Use only the steps which apply to you.

    Since none of the troubleshooting steps here worked, I'd suggest you do a Clean install.

    John
     
    AmericanPharaoh, Apr 15, 2019
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  4. enso Win User

    Windows Live Search in StartMenu not working even after troubleshooting

    Quick Access not searching Pictures folder


    Summary, that last suggestion didn't work.

    • I moved the pictures to another folder temporarily.


    • Since there were no troubleshooting steps for this scenario, just for the heck of it, I ran through the restore steps. Copied some pictures into the Pictures folder, ran a Quick Access search and initial problem remains: Searching all of QA doesn't find any files in Pictures folder, running search on just the Pictures folder does. I want to run a global search and find matching files in any/all of the Documents, Music, Videos, and Pictures folders.
    That article dates from 2015 and I'm guessing is out of date. I hope it didn't create potential future problems in my registry.

    Bottom line: I'm still looking for a fix.
     
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