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  • Does the Win10 Search box still work for you?

    Posted on February 5th, 2020 at 07:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a little test. Reboot your Win10 1903 or 1909 machine and click down in the Search box, in the lower left corner. When I did that early this morning on my Win10 version 1903 system (build 18362.592), here’s what I saw:

    Search isn’t working. I didn’t touch anything. Microsoft screwed up.

    @howardagoldberg and @warrenrumak have been connecting the dots.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Mayank Parmar on Windows Latest has a step-by-step guide to disabling Bing in Windows Search. That apparently bypasses this bug. But be aware that, in the past, disabling Bing search has led to weird side-effects when installing at least one Win10 cumulative update.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: The general reaction has been “it’s Microsoft’s servers – wait and it’ll get fixed” which seems highly likely. BUT. What gives Microsoft the right to change the internal working of your Search bar, without your knowledge or consent? Folks with fiduciary responsibility for keeping a system secure should be livid at this point.

    YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Tom Warren at The Verge says:

    Microsoft has confirmed it’s investigating access and latency issues “with multiple Microsoft 365 services,” so other Windows-related services may also be impacted by this outage. The Windows search service went down at around 8AM ET today, and at the time of publishing, it’s still not working for the majority of Windows 10 users.

    Which seems all well and good, until you discover that Microsoft’s “Service health status” notice says:

    Title: Can’t access multiple services. User impact: Users may be unable to access multiple Microsoft 365 services. More info: Additionally, users who are able to access services may experience latency. Current status: We’re investigating a potential network interruption as the root cause. Scope of impact: Impact is specific to users served from Europe.

    This isn’t exclusively a Microsoft 365  problem. It’s not confined to Europe.