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  • Problem reported with Win10 version 2004 upgrade: Search doesn’t work

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      • #2291788
        woody
        Manager

        Interesting post from @WSmross: After updating to version 2004, I found Windows search had stopped working.  Pressing the WIN key and typing did nothi
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      • #2291794
        woody
        Manager

        This just tweeted by KristoferA:

        Try a password change. Not admin initiated, but a normal user initiated password change.

        No idea if it’ll work, but that would certainly slap the profile upside the heard…

        • #2291826
          WSmross
          AskWoody Lounger

          I had to restore from this morning’s backup to test this as I had deleted the troublesome account.  Changing my password did not work — I still couldn’t use search.  I have restored again so I’m not going to test any other suggestions as it has taken me hours!  But thanks for the idea.

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      • #2291803
        woody
        Manager

        More from KristoferA:

        The background story is: certain things can mess up the local keystore which breaks some things in Windows cryptoapi, including initiating some built-in CSPs. A user initiated password change will fix those things again.

        That problem has been around for many years, but it seems like something in recent Windows 10 updates will do something that triggers it.

      • #2291802
        anonymous
        Guest

        Close the paused “SearchUI.exe” task in the Task Manager – then try right click/start/search again.

        • #2291825
          WSmross
          AskWoody Lounger

          SearchUI.exe is not present on my laptop.  That was one of many ‘fixes’ I tried.

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      • #2291814
        GreatAndPowerfulTech
        AskWoody Lounger

        I see this as just another random Windows 10 bug. Sure, each bug has a reason why it happened. But, the fact that each one affects only a small number of people is unsettling. My computer repair shop has different people that come in just about every week that have issues that started after a Windows update. This level of random “degradation” is annoying. But, it does help pay the bills. Thanks, Microsoft for a job shoddily done!

        By the way, Windows 10 is still the best OS for most people to use these days, since it still runs the old Windows programs that people want to just keep using. I just wish Microsoft cared more about quality and hired back the 10,000 QA engineers the let go five, or so, years back.

        GreatAndPowerfulTech

      • #2291849
        chilton
        AskWoody Plus

        running Win 10 1909 with July updates.

        I first noticed this problem with File Explorer search yesterday.

        Today  I determined that File Explorer search doesn’t work if I start with Pictures library and then go to subfolder under Pictures on D drive but if I start at D drive under This PC and then go to same subfolder it works.

        I haven’t noticed other side effects. I did not reset my password. No idea what might have caused the problem which isn’t even consistent based on where I start in File Explorer.

      • #2291850
        WSjpg366
        AskWoody Plus

        Interesting post from @WSmross: After updating to version 2004, I found Windows search had stopped working.  Pressing the WIN key and typing did nothi
        [See the full post at: Problem reported with Win10 version 2004 upgrade: Search doesn’t work]

        I just updated a VM copy of Windows 10 Home to 2004 and all seems fine. Search and Windows key work as normal.

      • #2291858
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        By the way, Windows 10 is still the best OS for most people to use these days, since it still runs the old Windows programs that people want to just keep using.

        No, it does not.

        My companion’s Windows 7 was forced upgraded to Windows 10 ~5 years ago.
        When she got to check her laptop in the morning I heard cries.
        None of her very important business software worked and some were deleted during the update.
        These were specialized software.

        I immediately restored her laptop to previous version and blocked all updates for Windows 7.
        ~5 years now and not a single problem, crash, freeze…..

        • This reply was modified 7 months, 4 weeks ago by Alex5723.
      • #2291966
        doriel
        AskWoody Lounger

        These are very frustrating issues. I do not use windows anymore apart our company, cause I simple do not agree with this circus going on recently. The sadest thing is, when you convince your notebook to function properly and half year later.. another issue appears.

        It does not surprise me that there are promblems with searching, since cortana died unexpectedly, although Microsoft promised, that cortana is the future of personal computing.

        Also problems with indexing happens a lot.

        Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 1809 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

      • #2292011
        Barry
        AskWoody Lounger

        I am on 2004 Version 19041.450. I just checked using both the windows key and clicking on the search icon on my taskbar and both work just fine.

        Barry
        Windows 10 Home V 20H2

        • #2292014
          anonymous
          Guest

          Is that on an  admin account or a standard user account?

      • #2292061
        jayinalaska
        AskWoody Plus

        I see this problem on Windows 10 Enterprise 1909 in both administrator and standard accounts. It varies by both machine and user. These are all Active Directory joined PCs and almost all logins are done via Smart Cards.

        I do not have this problem on my home PC running Windows 10 Pro 1909. At home, I use a PIN to log in. Both the home and work PCs are updated through the 2020-08 cumulative patches.

        • #2292066
          Barry
          AskWoody Lounger

          That was with my standard account but i just logged in as admin and it still worked.

          Barry
          Windows 10 Home V 20H2

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