If I log in and then search for a program (like Device Manager, Calculator, Notepad) etc. from the Cortana search box, Windows will find it and I can launch it from the result list.

However, if I try to look for more programs, Windows search is dead. Nothing is listed.

If I sign out and log back into Windows again it works. But the behavior is I can do one search only and then the search feature craps out.

Anyone else have this problem and have a solution?

  • If you create a new user account does the behavior still exhibit itself?
    – Ramhound
    Jan 7, 2017 at 5:55
  • I could swear my Windows 10 worked perfectly before I read this question. Now it happens to me too. This opens an interesting avenue: Could an update be responsible?
    – user477799
    Jan 7, 2017 at 6:04
  • I am encountering the same problem on my Windows 10 x64 desktop as well as my x86 laptop. Everything was working perfectly this past weekend.
    – Run5k
    Jan 7, 2017 at 7:35
  • use an alternative Startmenu and not this Win10 crap one: superuser.com/a/946675/174557. this search is fast and works Jan 7, 2017 at 8:23


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