I was reading up on
this, believe me I’ve been trying to solve this problem for
hours now. I almost created a new user profile, but didn’t.
I tried a few more things but to no avail. I then tried a
system resotre, which I should probably have attempted
earlier, only to my chagrin I thought restore was turned off
– turns out that was just the automatic creation of restore
points (believe me, it’s on now that’s for sure) – but
Windows saved one prior to an update on september 10. SO I
restored to that point and put a pause on updates for a
Now things are –
different and maybe better? But still broken.
Start search (windows
key + s) now says ‘search box” or ‘search” instead of
nothing. When I type into the field, I can read what I’m
typing on my braille display (this wasn’t happening
yesterday, it would just say “start” and then nothing or
“start, pinned tiles” or something like that.
But search still doesn’t
work. When I type in terms, the computer seems to freeze for
a moment, or at last I have no screen-reader output.
Eventually I get screen-reader output again, but no search
The beahviour of the
search in file explorer (f3 or shfit-tab a couple of times
from an open folder) is the same as it was when things
initially broke. I can type into the field, but the list
view does not alter (it still shows the subfolders and files
in the open folder as if I hadn’t searched for anything).
I’m now trying to
re-index my files.
Next step will be to try
running the powershell script to reset search again.
Then maybe I’ll try sfc
and dism once again now that I’m restored to an earlier
point and the search behaviour is, at least, indicative that
something is happening or it’s “trying” to do what is
Out of curiosity have you checked to see if this problem
occurs when logging onto other user profiles? To add to that
have you created a new user profile to see if the search box
appears as expected? I recently was wrestling with a problem
that I was having which, admittedly, had nothing to do with
the issues you're experiencing. The problem made no sense and
all logical solutions that I attempted did nothing to fix it.
I eventually realized that the problem was not occurring in
other user profiles. Rather than investing a lot more time to
address an odd issue which I was only seeing in my user
profile I ensured that important documents and user data was
backed up, created a fresh user account, restored my files and
I'm now a happy camper.
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 9/18/2020 12:03 AM, JM Casey wrote:
Alright, ran sfc and
dism..no change in search behaviour at all.
I think cortana is
not running somehow and possibly some other processes
I checked the
services.msc and search does appear to be enabled, but
shouldn’t there be something called search UI? That
doesn’t appear to be in the list of running windows
You've just done the first step, which is often not
done, that's at the start of Britechguy’s Standard Advice
Regarding Windows 10 Issues and Their Repair.
The next would be using SFC/DISM,
followed by a repair install. I doubt you're every going
to reach "the thermonuclear option" which would be a
completely clean reinstall.
I will get back on my soapbox about taking system
image backups. If you were unable to get anything to work
its magic prior to having to do a completely clean
reinstall, you'd have a fully functioning Windows 10 you
could restore and then update again.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041
A man's worst
difficulties begin when he is able to do as he
~ Thomas H. Huxley