Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not Working? Here’s the Fix

In Windows 10 the Start menu has made a comeback with the new design that is kind of familiar with improved search capabilities. I particularly love the new “All Apps” button and how we can easily launch an app by simply selecting the corresponding first letter of an app.

Up until now the new Start menu search has worked perfectly fine for me, but recently, while I’m searching, it won’t show me the apps like it should. Instead, the start menu suggests searching for it on the Internet. In my case I’m facing this issue ever since my system crashed due to some problem with my power supply.


If you are facing the same problem with your Windows 10 start menu for whatever reason, then do try the below solutions and see if it solves the problem.

Obviously, if anything is not working in your system as it should, the first thing to do is restart your system. This trick applies to anyone from power user to a beginner. To restart your system, open the start menu, select the “Power” option and then “Restart.”


Alternatively, you can also sign out and sign back in. If this doesn’t work, try the second method.

The other reason why your start menu search may not be working is because the Windows Search service is not running. Windows Search service is a system service and runs automatically on the system startup.

Check whether the service is running or not. If it is not running, you have to start it manually. To do that, press “Win + R,” type services.msc and press the Enter button to open the Services window.


Once the services window has been opened, find the “Windows Search” service and see if it is running. If the service is running, you will find the “Running” status in the Status column.


If the service is not running, right-click on it and then select the “Properties” option.


In the properties window, click on the “Start” button to start the service. Also, make sure that the Startup type is set to “Automatic;” this ensures that the service will automatically start at every system startup. Once you are done with the changes, click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.


Once the service has been started, this is what it looks like in your Services window. For me, this method worked perfectly.


Sometimes Cortana is also responsible for the malfunction of the start menu search. If that is the case, restarting the Cortana process will solve the problem.

To do that, right-click on the taskbar, and then select the “Task Manager” option.


Once the task manager has been opened, find the Cortana process under the Processes tab, and click on the “End task” button.


The above action will restart the Cortana process, and you might as well solve the start menu search problem.

As I said before, Cortana might also be a reason why the search is not working. If restarting the process is not working, then you could try re-registering the Cortana app.

To start, open the Windows File Explorer, and navigate to the following location: “C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\”

Right-click on the “powershell.exe” application, and then select the “Run as administrator” option.


After opening the PowerShell, copy the below code snippet and execute it.

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


Once you are done executing the command, close the PowerShell, restart your system and you should have the start menu search working.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to solve the start menu search problem in Windows 10.