Troubleshoot Start Menu isn’t Showing Search Results

Microsoft Windows 10 is built to work smartly, and the added features make it more convenient and useful. But many of the users revealed that they are facing an issue while using in their Windows 10 system. According to them, the Start Menu is not showing the search results. Well, there are various methods through which the given problem can be effectively resolved. If your Windows start menu search is not showing results, then don’t panic as the guide will help you to troubleshoot the problem.

Here’s how to troubleshoot the Start Menu is not showing search results

Try Re-registering Cortana App

Since the Start menu search is integrated with Cortana, a problem in one program will affect the other. So if you have tried to restart Cortana, but the attempt doesn’t bring the desired results, then you must try to register Cortana again. For that, you will need the power shell facility which is provided as an inbuilt program in Windows 10.
1. Right-click Start Menu and select power shell (admin) to open.
2. Now type Get-AppxPackage-All-users | For-each {Add-AppxPackage – Disable Development Mode –Register “$($_.InstallLocation) AppXManifest.xml”} and press Enter from your keyboard.
3. Now, wait for the process to execute the command.
4. Once the process is done, close Power-Shell.
5. Now, Restart your computer and try to search the menu again.

Troubleshooter via Search and Indexing

As the reason is not specified for the dysfunction of search option, you should try to troubleshoot the problem by Indexing Options. If the search engine is corrupted, then Windows will not show the search results.
1. Open Control Panel by press Windows Key + X to open a menu.
2. Now, click the Advanced tab from the bottom and a dialog box will open.
3. Go to Troubleshooting and select Rebuild located under it.

Try Antivirus Scanning

A virus can also prevent the search engine from showing the results by interfering in the program. Also, a virus can multiply itself into many others which will result in many other problems as well. In that scenario, you will have to refer to a reliable antivirus to scan your computer.

It will automatically detect and eliminate the virus from the system. So can use the antivirus by directing it to scan particular area in the computer or you can direct it for full system scan. Monitor Windows Search Service Most probably, a problem in Windows Search Service will stop the Search engine to bring the results. To resolve the issue, monitoring the Windows Search Service might help.

1. Press Windows Key + R.

2. Now, type services.msc in the run program.
3. Now, the Services window will open.
4. Navigate the Windows Search and right click on it.
5. Now, select Properties and select Start.
6. Go to Startup type column and click to open the drop-down menu.
7. Select Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start) from the menu.
8. Now, click Ok.
9. Once you are done, again go to the Services window and check the status of Windows Search.
10. If it is updated as Running, then your Windows search engine will start working.

Windows 10 is built in  such a way that there are lesser problems, but when an issue arrives, the situation can be controlled. There are various methods which are mentioned above to resolve the issues without any third party tool.

James thomas is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for McAfee security products at


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