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How to Fix Windows Search Bar Not Working

Windows 10 has many handy features. Because of the interconnection, you will face the Windows search bar not working issue. This a minor problem which you can fix by starting your system again. But in case you are still facing this issue after restarting your system, then follow some of the other methods which are mentioned below.

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Steps to Fix Windows Search Bar Not Working by Restarting the Cortana Process

•    You need to right-click on the toolbar.

•    Otherwise, keep pressing on the touchscreen device.

•    Press on the Task Manager option by going to the menu list.

•    Open the Processes option.

•    Choose the “Task Manager” option, and it will open as the default option.

•    In case it is not, then you will get an option on the upper left-hand side of the display.

•    Ensure that you choose the More details option located at the end of the display.

•    Search for the Cortana below the processes option.

•    You need to right-click on the option.

•    After that, press on the End task button.

•    This procedure will disable the Cortana for a few seconds.

•    Then, you need to start the system again.

Steps to Fix Windows Search Bar Not Working by Re-Registering Cortana

•    Go to the File Explorer menu. It resembles a folder symbol which is generally on the toolbar.

•    Open the option mentioned below:


•    Search for the file which is named as ‘powershell.exe.’

•    You need to right-click on the file.

•    Choose the “Run as Administrator’ option.

•    Start copying the code which is mentioned below:

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

•    Click on the Enter button.

•    Exit the PowerShell window.

•    Start the computer again.

Steps to Fix Windows Search Service

•    Click on the Windows and R keys together on the system keyboard for opening the Run menu.

•    Additionally, right-click on the Start option.

•    After that, press on the Run option.

•    Enter ‘services.msc’ in the search box.

•    Click on the OK button.

•    Search for the Windows Search option located on the menu list.

•    Go through the Status section.

•    In case it indicates ‘Running,’ then this means everything is working properly.

•    In case it is showing the black window, then you need to start it manually.

•    You have to right-click on the Windows Search feature.

•    Choose the Properties option.

•    Now, you will get a new window on display.

•    Change the Startup type option to Automatic.

•    Click on the Start option.

•    Click on the OK button.

Steps to Fix Windows Search Bar Not Working by Running System File Checker

•    You have to right-click on the Start option.

•    Choose the Run option.

•    Enter ‘cmd’ in the provided field.

•    Click on the OK button.

•    Enter sfc/scannow.

•    Click on the Enter option.

•    Let the tool to complete its scanning process.

•    Check whether you have fixed the Windows search bar is not working issue.

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Kellie minton is an avid technical blogger, a magazine contributor, a publisher of guides at, and a professional cyber security analyst. Through her writing, she aims to educate people about the dangers and threats lurking in the digital world.


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