I have no idea why Anniversary Update clobbers Cortana. There was no folder, shortcut, etc to choose from. I have Avast and I rebooted with avast disabled and this fixed my problem. Some links in the article may not be viewable as you are using an AdBlocker. Last but not the least If the above options still cannot help you fix the Cortana or Search issue in Windows 10, you might need to perform a Reset or Refresh of your Windows. Non of these solutions worked, but I finally fixed it without a fresh install. Windows Search Services is system service, that automatically get started when you start your Computer.
Some links in the article may not be viewable as you are using an AdBlocker. If the troubleshooter couldn't identify the problem, then continue to the next method. Cortana Search will get reloaded, resulting in fixing the bugs. It happens with every version of Windows at one point or another. Create a new User Account The problem might be associated with your Microsoft credentials. Use Windows troubleshooter to restore indexing services The much-maligned Windows troubleshooter might just do the trick here.
It involves increasing the paging file size. So, You can disable them temporarily and see what happens. Try search again and have fun. Very easy and my menu started no problem and the bottom right-side corner icons also responded. It is not easy to understand though. They both have the same Windows 10 Pro 10586 Build. Now perform a search with Cortana.
One thing that you can try is create a new user account and use that. Just click Reset and follow the prompts. Last week I had a day when I could not get a right click menu to select recently opened documents and then noticed the Start Menu would not work. There is some dependency with the firewall service and Cortona search it seems. Therefore, let us now proceed further and see the steps for How to Fix Cortana Search Refuses to Work in Windows 10 and even after a long interval of time it burkes to respond affirmatively to display results.
Scroll down to a Cortana or Search process. It relates so well to my story. Again going through a back doir into programs allowed me to save to desk top where I could transport to external. Most of the Computer and Mobile devices problem can be solved by restarting the device. If none of the above options work to fix Cortana, you may have to reset your computer or take it to a technician. The rebuilding will take some time, and once it is done, you can start searching for the files you need, and the Search should work properly. Updated May 31, 2018: I've refreshed this guide to ensure it still applies following the April 2018 Windows 10 update.
There are known incompatibilities with Cortana and some anti-virus software programs. Or as one user said — it just brush us off. I tried the above but did not work. If it it fails, do make sure that you ran Powershell as Administrator window will be called Administrator: Windows PowerShell and gave the command enough time to execute. This will reset Cortana by reinstalling Windows.
Still, you should definitely give the following a try and who knows, the Start Menu starts working again, saving you from a full reset or reinstalling Windows 10 again. Second try — nothing happened so I closed the program after 15 minutes. Right click in Cortana process and click End Task. Please strongly encouraged to help me solve this problem without having to resort to format the notebook and ultimately create new user account I ask. Solutions above have fixed the other computers in our office, but not mine.
What I feel is that it is deleting some files which it feels are junk, but actually important configuration files for the Start Menu. If this corrects your problem make sure your antivirus is up to date, and if the problem persists This is likely not your issues. Then I moved all the files and settings under the faulty user to the new user and voila. I dont use avast t-630 or symantec, here users dont comply on similar problems but one last installation of other software in my case was trial version of acrobat tried to force me to install avast, whitch I cannot find under my programs cause I declined the installation in the process. I am a technician so I do have advantages over the average home user, so I can sympathize with those users.