How To Fix Windows 10 Search Issues By Rebuilding Index

Some of the Windows 10 users have reported that the Start menu search feature is not working as expected. If you’re also facing the same issue, then in this article, we will show you how you can fix this issue by rebuilding the search Index.

Similar to the previous version of Windows, the Windows 10 also comes with preinstalled search engine. With default settings, it indexes different locations like users folders, Start menu, as well as One Drive folder (Offline lines only).

The default search engine works perfectly fine, but sometimes it won’t work properly and show you deleted files or broken shortcuts in the search results. Even it fails to search the files which are already available on your computer.

If the Windows Search feature is not working normally on your Windows 10 PC? No problem, you can fix this issue by three methods:

  1. By Checking whether Windows Search Service is Running or not?
  2. Manually rebuilding the search index.
  3. Running a Search Troubleshooter

Here in this article, you will find step by step tutorial on how to check if Windows Service is running or not, running a search troubleshooter, and manually rebuild the search index to fix issues related to Search in Windows 10.

Check If Search Service is Running or not?

To confirm whether Search service is running or not, you need to perform these steps:

1. Press WIN + R keyboard shortcut to launch the Run Command dialog box. Here type service.msc and click OK


Alternatively, you can search service.msc in the start menu search bar. In the results, you will see Services (Desktop app) Click on it to launch the service section quickly.


2. Here, you will get a list of all the services running on your Windows 10 system. Look for service named as “Windows Search.”


3. Now click on the Windows Search entry and check the status of service under Status column. Just like shown in the above screenshot.

4. If Windows Search service is running, then you will see the status “Running.” If not, then you can click on Restart the Service option at top left side of the windows.

Also, double click on the Windows Search entry to see the service properties. Here make sure that Startup type is set to Automatic or Automatic delayed.


In most of the case, you can fix an issue related to Windows Search by Stoping and Restarting the Service. In case, the issue still exists, the check the next two methods.

Rebuild the Search Index in Windows 10

The process of rebuilding search index in Windows 10 is very simple, but the rebuilding process takes few hours depending on different factors to complete the process. Here is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Indexing Options. For that, simply type Indexing Options in Windows 10 Start menu search bar and when you see it in the results, click to open it.


Alternatively, if Windows Search feature is not working, then simply launch Control Panel. For that, make right click on the Start button and from the options click on Control Panel to launch it.


After that, change the view by category to “Small icon.” Now from different settings, look for Indexing Options and click to launch it.


2. In the Indexing Options window, click on the “Advanced” button which is available at the bottom.


3. In this window, under Index Settings tab, look for Troubleshooting section, under it, you will see Rebuilt button. You need to click on that Rebuild button.


Once you click on the Rebuild button, a notification pop-up will appear with a message just like shown in the following screenshot.


Click on the OK button to continue the process.

Its will take few hours to complete the rebuilding the index. So don’t expect instant results. But once it is complete, you should not face any Windows 10 Search Issues.  Although this is the best solution to fix the problem, if you are still facing issues with the Windows 10 Search, you can try 1 more solution.

Use Default Search Troubleshooter to Fix the Windows Search

The Search Troubleshooter can find out and automatically fix different issues of Windows with a few clicks. You can also use the same for fixing search and indexing troubleshooter for fixing the issues. Here is what you need to do:

1. Windows Search feature is not working so; you need to run the Troubleshooter from the Control Panel. Simply launch the Control Panel as mentioned in the method discussed above.

2. In the Control Panel window, switch view category to small icons. From the list of Settings look for Troubleshooting and click to open it.


3.  In the Troubleshooting window, on the left pane, click on View all link. This will show you list of all the troubleshooter available in the Windows 10.


It will load for a second and show you the list of all the troubleshooters available. You need to look for Search and Indexing and click to launch it.


4. When you launch the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter, a new will appear click Next to continue.


5. In the next window, troubleshooter will ask from you What problem do you notice? With the list of different problems. Tick mark the checkboxes with appropriate problems and click on Next button.

In our case, Windows search is not working, so check the first one, as shown in the following screenshot.


The troubleshooter will try to fix the selected issue. In case, troubleshooter fails to fix the issue; then you can contact Microsoft team using inbuilt Support app in Windows 10. That’s it.

Why don’t you try these methods? We guarantee that the methods discussed above will fix the Windows 10 Search issues. Let us know if this tutorial was helpful or not?

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