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ha14549 days ago


Download this troubleshhoter from Microsoft

Troubleshoot problems opening the Start menu or Cortana
download the troubleshooter

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files

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Aravi549 days ago

Hi @yoursong

Tap on the Windows-key, type Control Panel and hit enter.
Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the Control Panel if the above does not work. Click on "Control Panel Home" when the window opens.
Select large or small icons under "view by".
Click on Indexing options, and when the menu opens on the Advanced button.
There you need to click on "troubleshoot search and indexing", and follow the instructions on screen to resolve the issue.


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brendaniel548 days ago

@yoursong I just recently had the same issue, but it's solved now...

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hsr3012548 days ago

Go through this entire post first and then see which one or more of these suggestions may apply in your case.

1- Sign out and Sign in

Sign out and Sign in or restart your PC and see if the problem goes away.

2- Automatic Repairs

If your PC prompts for Automatic Repair, continue with it and let Windows carry it out.

3- Kill and restart the Cortana process

If you find that Cortana is not working properly, the best thing to do would be to kill Cortana process and restart the process via Task Manager. If it were a minor runtime error, Cortana would just take a restart to fix it.

4- Disable Antivirus software

Some security software are known to create this issue – Avast for instance. Disable it and see if it makes the problem go away. If your security software is the culprit, make sure you are using its latest version – else you may want to change it.

5- Windows Search Troubleshooter
Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items and click on Find and fix problems with Windows Search to open the Windows Search Troubleshooter. Run it and follow the wizard.

6- Create a new User Account

The problem might be associated with your Microsoft credentials. Try creating a new username and password and see if you can fix the Cortana. We need to remember that Cortana will not be switched on automatically and needs to be enabled on by selecting Cortana button on the taskbar.

7- Re-register the Cortana app

After the November Update, if you used this method to fix this problem using the Appx PowerShell cmdlet, it broke the Windows Store apps – maybe due to some bug. But it works now, and I have personally tried this – Admin. 1 July 2016.

8- Open an elevated Powershell prompt, type the following command and hit Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

You can also open Task Manager > File menu > Run new task. Type powershell and select the Create this task with administrative privileges check box and click OK to open a PowerShell prompt

If you feel, you may also try the other 2 of the 3 Windows 10 Support, Solutions & Universal fixes.

9- Rebuild the Windows Search Indexer in Windows 10

Rebuilding the Search Indexer may help in repairing the built-in search tool in Windows 10. To rebuild the Windows search index head to Control Panel > Indexing options. Click on Advanced and ensure that you are on the Index Settings tab in the Advanced Options window.

The rebuilding will take some time and once it is done you can start searching for the files you need and the Search should work properly. If you need more details, you will get them at this post titled Windows Search Indexer tips. See this post if you need to troubleshoot and fix Windows Search or if Search Indexer is not working.

10- Uninstall programs which may affect with the taskbar

If you are using Dropbox, uninstall it and see if it makes the problem go away. Please read the comments below.

If you have followed the above suggestions, your Cortana and the Windows Taskbar Search should hopefully have been fixed.

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