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How to fix the Windows Search functionality issue?

If you have encountered a problem in Windows search or after updating/upgrading, your search console is not opening. If you face these issues on any version of Windows, you are in the right place.

Today at Digital Gyan, we will discuss how to fix all these issues. We will be talking about it easily, so it will surely fix these issues. Here are some steps that you must try:

Restart your computer

That’s right, and you need to save and close all your important work and restart or boot your pc. And check again.

Scan with a good Anti-virus

Some malware or viruses can hamper the functionality of Windows. Hence,, you should quickly scan your computer with a good anti-virus. You must have a paid antivirus; for a free one, you can try Avast Anti-virus also. It’s a good Anti-Virus.

Clearing Temporary Files

Sometimes, a cache problem or corrupt file might block the Search functionality. Press Windows + R and type %temp%, and permanently delete these files and folders. Don’t worry; you will not lose any important file or document. It’s just some Junk, expired temporary cache files.

searching the temp folder

If some of the files don’t delete, then leave them. After doing this, restart your computer and check for the search functionality.


Check for the SearchUI.exe process

 Sometimes, there might be an issue with your pc, which might block or close your SearchUI process. This process is essential for Windows Process.

task_manager servicesui process

To fix this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then open Task Manager. Expand the Task Manager if you are viewing limited apps.

Under the Details tab, check for the SearchUI.exe process.

Right Click on it and click on End Process.

services ui process

And then Restart your Computer.

If you don’t find the SearchUI.exe process, go to Services, click on Open Services, try to see it, and Run the SearchUI process again. This will surely fix the error.

Run the Troubleshooter

1 Select Start, then select Settings.

2 In Windows Settings, select Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Under Find and fix other problems, select Search and Indexing.

3 Run the troubleshooter and select any problems that apply. Windows will try to detect and solve them.

Ok, so by now, if the issue hasn’t been resolved, try to do these steps.

Running a Code Snippet

Press Windows Key + X and open Windows Powershell. You can also go with cmd or Command Prompt. But make sure to Run as Administrator. (Right-click on it and click Run as Administrator)

Copy-paste the below code on this:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode}

Hit enter and wait for a few minutes. Ignore the red lines or warnings. After that, copy-paste these

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

After completion, restart your PC. Your issue has been resolved successfully.

Create a new User Dummy Account

Even from the above process, if your search is still not working, then this is a sure shot 100% working Technique.

Create a new User Account from the Control Panel. It’s very easy, once you open it. Or you can go through Command Prompt also.

Press Windows + R and Open cmd or Command Prompt and Run it as Administrator.

Type the following command

net user John 1234 /add

You can replace John with any Name of your choice and 1234 with any password. Then hit enter.

net localgroup administrators USER_ACCOUNT /add

For example, net localgroup administrators John /add

Sign out, then log in with the new administrator account.

Creating a new User Account will work fine with every process and search. Even if this doesn’t resolve, sorry to say, but your operating system might be corrupted or doesn’t support it, and you may need to re-install a new one. Share this article with your friends and family if you find it useful. If you have any doubts or want a new article or any query, feel free to use the comment section below. We will be happy to answer. Stay connected with Digital Gyan for the latest news and updates.

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Hi, My name is Kartik. I have expertise in Technical and Social Domains. I love to write articles that could benefit people and the community.

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