10 Feb

How to fix search problems in Windows 10

On Windows 10, Windows Search is an essential feature that allows you to find virtually anything on your computer (such as documents, pictures, videos, system files, apps, emails, and settings) very quickly. Also, thanks to its integration with Bing search, you can use the feature for quick access to web pages and answers to common questions from the result preview.

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Although search is a useful functionality that we take for granted every day, it’ll come the time when it’ll stop working as intended. For example, sometimes, search queries will show none or incomplete results. The search box in the taskbar will turn unresponsive or won’t open at all, and more.

Whatever the reason it may be, if you’re having problems with Windows Search on Windows 10, there are several troubleshooting steps you can follow to resolve the most common issues, including when your device received a buggy update that breaks the experience.

Remove Bing from Windows 10 Search

In light of the recent Windows 10 Search issues where nothing is displayed in the bar or window, many have found a fix by disabling Bing integration. This does require working with RegEdit, so doing a backup of both your PC and its registry are recommended.

Once you’ve performed any necessary backups, run through these steps to get local Search working again. Web results will not display while Bing is disabled. Multiple people here at Windows Central have performed the same steps with success.

  1. Hit the Windows Key + R shortcut on your keyboard.
  2. Type regedit and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Double-click HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
  4. Double-click SOFTWARE.

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  • Double-click Microsoft.
  • Double-click Windows.

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  • Double-click CurrentVersion.
  • Double-click Search.

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  • Right-click the right pane of the RegEdit window to bring up the menu.
  • Click New.

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  1. Click D-WORD (32-bit) Value.
  2. Type BingSearchEnabled and hit Enter on your keyboard.

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  1. Double-click the BingSearchEnabled entry you just created.
  2. Type 0 in the Value data field. (It should already be 0 but make sure).

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  1. Click OK.
  2. Double-click CortanaConsent.

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  1. Type 0 in the data field.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Restart your PC.

This should bring Windows 10 Search back online, at least with local results. This is a temporary fix while Microsoft addresses the core root of the problem, and it’s recommended that users undo the changes once Search is working again as intended.

To undo the process above, repeat steps 13 and 14, but type a 1 in the BingSearchEnabled data field to re-enable Bing. The same can be done for steps 16 and 17, with a 1 in the CortanaConsent data field. Restart your PC and you should be back where you started.

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