If Window 10 Start Menu Search Not Working! How to Fix it?

With Window Search, you can find anything on your computer system. In order to resolve this issue, you should check firewall and reinstall Universal applications. If you are still having issues, then go to office.com/setup. In this given article, you will learn the method to fix if Window 10 Start Menu Search not working. 

Start Menu Search Not Working

Method to Fix If Window 10 Start Menu Search Not Working:

1. Use Alternative Search Tools:

There are so many third-party tools which gives error-free searching for your computer system. To fix this issue, you should replace Windows Search function with alternative desktop search tools which helps to organize your files. With this search tool, you can easily find all your files, documents and programs. These tools are the replacement for search button for finding any kind of files or programs in your computer system.

2. Make Changes to your Firewall:

To fix the issue, you should make changes to your firewall. For this, you should hit on Win Key + S altogether and then input windows firewall. Now, you should select Windows Defender Firewall from the list of results. Here in the left side, you should go to Advanced settings and visit to Outbound Rules which is on top left side. At last, you should find the Cortana rule and then double tap on Rule option to edit and then choose Block and tap on Apply/OK.

3. Reinstall Universal Applications:

To reinstall, you should hit on Win Key + S at the same time and then input Powershell. After this, you should right-tap on Windows PowerShell from the list of results and then from the menu, select Run as administrator. If PowerShell starts, then you should run the below commands:

 $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘AppxManifest.xml’

Add-AppxPackage –DisableDevelopmentMode –Register $manifest

Get-AppXPackage –AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation –like “*SystemApps*”}

4. Restart File Explorer:

To restart, you should hit on Ctrl + Shift + Esc key together to open Task Manager. After this, right tap on Windows Explorer on the list and then select Restart option from the menu.

5. Check your Firewall is Enabled:

This issue occurs if necessary components are not enabled. In case, Windows Search is linked with Windows Firewall, then if Windows Firewall is disabled, then you cannot use Windows Search. In case, if you disable Windows Search from the Group Policy Settings, then make sure to enable Windows Firewall.

6. Change your Group Policy Settings:

The customer should tap on Win Key + R at the same time and then input gpedit.msc and tap on Enter or OK button. Then in the left side, you should go to Computer Configuration and tap on Administrative Templates. At this point, you should hit on Windows Components and then hit on Search. Next in the right side, you should go to Don’t search the web or display web results in Search. Here, you should choose Not Configured or Disabled and then tap on Apply and OK button to save the changes.

Keep in mind the customer can fix the issue just by making changes in Registry Editor. For this, you need to hit on Win Key + R altogether and then input regedit and hit on Enter or OK button. Then in the left side, you should go to


At last, in the right side you should double-tap on ConnectedSearchUseWeb and just set its Value data to 1.

If the user still need help in fixing the issue of Window 10 Start Menu Search not Working. For more assistance, visit www.office.com/setup.