• Win10 Search is working again

    Following up on numerous tips here (and elsewhere), I rebooted twice and finally got my Win10 version 1903 Search box back:


    Search on my  main machine is now build 2020.02.04.6238073.

    Sorry, but this doesn’t have anything to do with Microsoft’s Servers going down. The black box is clearly the result of a buggy Search build that was pushed onto Win10 machines – without any warning, no documentation, and no permissions.

    MS has been messing with Search versions for the past few days. Now, it appears, they’ve found something that works.

    How long until they break it again?

    And — I repeat — how could anyone with fiduciary responsibilities for a system allow something like this to happen?

    UPDATE: Mary Jo Foley reported at 11:48 am Central time that she still can’t get it to work. Shortly afterwards, she posted on ZDNet that three reboots brought the Search screen back. “No word on what caused the issue or how Microsoft intends to prevent this from happening in the future.”

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Microsoft has told Tom Warren that:

    Microsoft confirmed it was investigating access and latency issues “with multiple Microsoft 365 services,” before fixing the issue at 11:35AM ET. Microsoft blames a “third-party networking fiber provider” for experiencing a network disruption resulting in multiple Microsoft 365 services issues. While Microsoft has fixed this issue, many are still reporting that Windows search is still not working. You may need to reboot your Windows 10 PC to get search working again, though.

    Okay, Microsoft. Pull the other one. Since when does a third-party networking fiber provider increment Windows Search build numbers? I need to get Susan Bradley to re-instate her Pinocchio awards. Five noses, this one.