Since the Creator's Update in Windows 10, I have been unable to search items in the Control Panel from the Start Menu. I waited for a long time in the hopes that it would resolve itself. It has not. I have followed the instructions here: What do I have to index in order to search the Windows Control Panel (in Win10)? and on many other related posts because they seemed to have a similar issue. These solutions have not resolved the issue, however. I believe Windows 10 Creator's Update removed Control Panel's items from being indexed.

Note that, regarding Solution 2 in the top answer to my link, my directory %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState is completely empty.

I do not have multiple languages enabled, so that shouldn't be an issue. This de-indexing has occurred on both my Windows 10 PCs that updated to the Creator's Update. I can still search for Control Panel, but the individual items inside are not available (such as Programs & Features). This is very problematic as Settings has far fewer options than Control Panel.



  • Sounds like reinstalling Windows is in order because how you search the control panel has not changed. Alternative is to install a third-part Windows 10 start-menu replacement.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 4, 2017 at 18:42
  • Well, I believe I tried that. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 on a new hard drive for one of my computers, and that was after Creator's Update released. I don't think that would fix the issue.
    – TJ Couch
    Aug 4, 2017 at 19:30

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You could use the search function. Why it was removed from the popup on a right click is maddening.

Right click START and in SEACRH enter control panel. It will appear in a list. Not a real solution for the tool as it need to be brought back to normal accessibility.


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