Blank search window

Clicking the magnifying glass opens the search function but the window is completely blank. Nothing. No error message, no "couldn't find anything" message, no results whatsoever - just a blank box. This error comes after installing some new software. I tried uninstalling but with no luck.

For troubleshooting I ran sfc /scannow, which resulted in no errors found.

Also tried the DISM command.

Also tried stopping and restarting SearchUI.exe, Windows Search service.

Also tried rebuilding index.

It's very annoying, what can I do?

Thanks

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Hello, I’m Virginia an independent advisor with 20 years of expertise in fixing my own & friends’ PC problems.
Which Windows version are you running - 1809, 1903 or 1909?
I’ve seen several posts today all with the same problem.
I recommend an in-place upgrade repair.
To repair Windows without losing any data then follow the instruction here:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repai...
This will also upgrade you to the latest version of Windows - currently 1909.
In a nutshell you just insert the Windows 10 media (USB/DVD) & run setup from within Windows.
Please note a repair install is not a reset, this is a last attempt at repairing a PC without a clean install. If this fails to repair the problem then usually a clean install is required.

Note: This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised on the site before you decide to download and install it.
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Try this:
Start>Cortana>right click > more > app settings, click reset.
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You're not alone... https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-search-down-many-showing-blank-box-instead-search-results

Follow this: https://www.howtogeek.com/224159/how-to-disable-bing-in-the-windows-10-start-menu/

and reboot. Note that you can also just download a zipped up registry fix if you don't want to fiddle around yourself in the registry...

Worked perfectly fine for me.

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I do not see any "Cortana", probably because I never enabled it..

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Unfortunately I can’t find Cortana under start so suspect this is no longer a viable solution.
I’ll keep checking.
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It is a bug & is due to Bing, this is the solution:
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-search-d...

Note: This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products).
Please do not download any repair tool which may be offered by this site other than the ones I mention/recommend.
Thoroughly research any product which is mentioned here before you decide to download and install it.
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FYI:

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Recent announcements
Message Date
Windows Search shows blank box
We are aware of a temporary server-side issue causing Windows search to show a blank box. This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases, you might need to restart your device. We are working diligently to fully resolve the issue and will provide an update once resolved. 
February 05, 2020
09:32 AM PT

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Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/windows-message-center#387

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Recent announcements
Message Date
Resolved: Windows Search shows blank box
We are aware of a temporary server-side issue causing Windows search to show a blank box. This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases, you might need to restart your device. We are working diligently to fully resolve the issue and will provide an update once resolved. 

This issue was resolved at 12:00 PM PST. If you are still experiencing issues, please restart your device. In rare cases, you may need to manually end the SearchUI.exe or SearchApp.exe process via Task Manager. (To locate these processes, select CTRL + Shift + Esc then select the Details tab.)
February 05, 2020
12:00 PM PT

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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/windows-message-center#387

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