Win Spotlight Will Not Work

I just reimaged Win 10 PRO and before I did that I suddenly could not longer get Spotlight to work. I have already tried the following fixes to no avail:

settings.dat and roaming.lock individually, then click Rename and name them settings.dat.bak and roaming.lock.bak.

All of these other ones:

Why are none of there working even with a clean install of Win 10 with all updates?

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Hello sidscrat123, welcome to the Microsoft community my name is Luiz Cruz, I am a Windows 10 expert user and would be happy to help you;

I understand that Windows Spotlight stopped working on Windows 10;

Initially for this problem I recommend that you follow the instructions provided by the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtWgepTBRGM


Follow the step-by-step instructions to fix the problem;

I hope I helped, see you soon!

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Thanks for the suggestion but most of the fixes are the ones I had already tried. I went back through each one to no avail. I will wait 24 hours but I did that before as well. It is strange. Before I did the full reimage I would have to perform the delete images, change the registry items to .bak and it would fix the issue. The issue was caused by telling it 2 times in 24 hours I didn't like that image.

Before the reimage it simply stopped working. I did nothing at all. I would have thought that after a complete reimage (wipe the drive, settings and all) that it would work. Did MS do something to an update?

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Dear sidscrat123,probably just some "Bug" in the system;

However, I recommend that you try the following:

Make a clean boot:

Clean boot serves to determine whether a background program is interfering with the system or optimizing system loading.

1. Press the Windows + R keys, type msconfig and click OK;
2. In the System Configuration window, click on the services tab;
3. At the bottom of the screen, check the Hide all Microsoft services box and click Disable all;
4. Now click on the Startup Programs tab and on Open Task Manager;
5. When loading the task manager, click on the start tab and disable all non-Microsoft programs (right-click on the program and choose disable), close the task manager and click OK on system configuration and restart computer if requested.

NOTE: This procedure disables all third party services and programs. You can later, if the problem is solved in this way, selectively enable the programs and services that will start with Windows, instead of keeping all disabled. If the problem returns after activating the startup of a specific service or program, the problem is exactly in the startup of this software and it is recommended to remove it.

Before restarting the system, access safe mode with networking:

Press the Windows key and type: msconfig and press Enter;
Click on System Boot and check the options: Secure Boot and Network;
Restart the pc;

In safe network mode, follow the instructions below:

Press the keys Ctrl + Shift + ESC, click on File;
Click Run new task.
Check the option Create this task with administrative privileges;
In the open field type cmd, then click OK.
Run the following commands:

sfc /scannow
dism /online /cleanup-image /CheckHealth
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Confirm with Y and then Enter to schedule a disk scan. Restart the equipment and as soon as you finish, check if you agree.

Wait for the process to finish and restart the pc;

Make sure Windows Spotlight works now;

I hope I helped, even more!

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Thanks again for the suggestion but it had no effect. A bug would be the best description but to have it before and after the reimage is weird.

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Dear sidscrat123,in this case I recommend you try to follow the instructions provided by the link below:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/82156-reset...

Note: This is not an official Microsoft website but it appears to be providing safe and accurate information;

I believe this will make Windows Spotlight work again;

I hope I have helped, see you soon!!

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I have tried that several times now. Reregister, delete files and rename...... etc. They just list the same suggestions everyone else does. I may try and join their conversation to see if anyone can help.

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Dear sidscrat123,it's the suggestions that usually work;

Try creating a new account and see if the same issue occurs;

See the video below for instructions to create a new account on Windows 10:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqDegy7sUpU&...


When signing in to the new account, check if Spotlight works normally;

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Thanks for the suggestion but no change.

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Dear sidscrat123,the solution will then be to perform a system restore;

Press Windows key + I and access settings;
Click Update and Security;
Click Recovery;
Under Restore your PC, click Start now;
Note: It is recommended that you back up personal files regardless of whether you choose to keep personal files or remove them;

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That is something I am not going to do. As I stated a few times, I just did a complete reimage and ran troubleshooters and the OS is fine. The problem started before I did the reimage. I have been looking at the Win 10 forum and there have been others asking the same question the past several days so it is now a common issue. I am wondering if MS did an update.

A system restore will not fix the issue since the only restore point was yesterday morning when I completed the reimage. As far as I am concerned MS needs to do something to address the issue. It has never been a solid feature since it boots you out if you choose "Not a Fan" of an image twice in 24 hours.

Thanks for all your help but I am going to do nothing that could mess up a great reimage.

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