If Windows search bar is not working for you, here is how to fix it. These steps don’t need a restart.

Windows search bar showing a blank window, instead of working.

Steps to fixing the issue.

Open a Administrator Command Prompt and enter the command below.

msdt.exe -ep WindowsHelp id SearchDiagnostic

The command will open a dialogue window.

Click next.

Now check “Can’t start a search or see results” and “Files, folders, apps or settings don’t appear in results”. Then click next.

Now click on Try these repairs as an administrator. This will run the troubleshooter and hopefully fix the problem.

If this worked it should display Fixed with a green check mark.

That’s it folks.

Darryl Dias

I’m Darryl. I’m a 3D Artist, Web Developer and Linux enthusiast. On this site I share my insights, tips and tricks, tutorials, methods and best practices.

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