No settings or control panel items in search.

When i try to search for something that i know is in either the settings screen or the controlpanel i get no hits.

If i go to the settings screen and try to search in the search bar there, i get no hits.

I have tried to run SFC /Scannow and tried to rebuild the search index without any results.

This is on a fresh install of windows 10 (Updated, then ran the reset option.)

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Could there be some strange setting that is hidden that makes it so that search omits any entries in the settings screen?

It feels as if settings and control panel are completely omitted in search results...

Please help! :(

 
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Here is my update from another forum:

So, what i have found that sort of works, is that i disable the windows search service. This means i get a slow search, but atleast it gives me the correct results. This tells me that there is definitely something wrong with the search/index function, it just doesn't tell me what is wrong. Going to keep at it for a bit longer as i refuse to give up on finding the fix for this, also i don't really feel up for setting up my whole main computer all over again for the third time this week


What i have tried so far:

- Re indexing.

-SFC /scannow

-DISM check

-Rebuilding/integrity checking modern apps as per: http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/fixing-windows-10-apps-wont-launch-or-hang-apps-splash-screen

-Setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search -> SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 0

Only thing that sort of works is turning of the search service. That way at least it finds something.
Hopefully MS will release an updated version of their Search troubleshooter compatible with windows 10 or some other fix.

So far all i have achieved is having a bit more understanding of the inner workings of windows and a few more troubleshooting tools to add to my belt, but no permanent fix.

I'm open to suggestions folks :)

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Same problem as OP. You aren't the only one, there are a ton of threads about this.

For instance I have World of Warcraft installed. When I do a search I only get web links. I have Word and Excel installed, neither are found but excel and word mobile in the store are found. If I search paint I see some store items and web links. It can't even find Control Panel. None of my self installed apps can be found.

I did a test and installed classicshell, I also have an SSD so indexing is disabled. That gave me back a Win 7 start menu with search at the bottom and it works, it finds everything even with indexing disabled, but I would rather use the Win 10 start menu.

The main problem seams that Cortana doesn't search for local apps and local search has been removed from the Win 10 start menu. At this point in time Cortana is just a fancy web search tool. This isn't a system corruption or indexing issue it is a programming issue.

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Same problem as OP. You aren't the only one, there are a ton of threads about this.

For instance I have World of Warcraft installed. When I do a search I only get web links. I have Word and Excel installed, neither are found but excel and word mobile in the store are found. If I search paint I see some store items and web links. It can't even find Control Panel. None of my self installed apps can be found.

I did a test and installed classicshell, I also have an SSD so indexing is disabled. That gave me back a Win 7 start menu with search at the bottom and it works, it finds everything even with indexing disabled, but I would rather use the Win 10 start menu.

The main problem seams that Cortana doesn't search for local apps and local search has been removed from the Win 10 start menu. At this point in time Cortana is just a fancy web search tool. This isn't a system corruption or indexing issue it is a programming issue that only Microsoft can fix.

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But it works fine on two other windows10 machines i have. So its clearly something not working as intended.

Also in my case, searching for programs works fine. Its just the settings and control panel items that are not found.

Could you do me a favour and try to search for, for example "power" in the search box in your settings panel and see what happens then?

Additionally, have you tried turning on the indexing just to see what happens?

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There must be someone out there with pointers to what i can try to further trouble shoot this issue...?

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Seems like this is a growing issue for a lot of users:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_cortana/windows-10-search-not-showing-settings-results/bd8c390d-027d-4cf7-a6c5-a7ec194942de

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_cortana/search-not-listing-results-from-settings/9eda36fd-8d03-418d-a79a-3efa1326f3d9

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_cortana/search-bar-does-not-show-settings-in-the-results/aaf037a0-4c86-439e-94da-22bce0bd4409

https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/3hm6zo/when_i_search_update_in_start_menu_windows_update/

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I have exactly the same issue. I installed Windows 10 on my laptop and main PC. On my laptop, I can search within "Settings". On my PC, I cannot. It never finds anything.

Like the OP, if I turn off Windows 10 Search Indexing Service, I can then search within settings. Search elsewhere works normally, EXCEPT, Cortana works on my laptop but not on my PC, even though Regional settings are the same.

Is this a clue? I think not, because, at first, Cortana did not work on my laptop either and I am almost certain I was able to search within Settings before I got Cortana working (and, I have no idea how that happened either?!?).

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Are you saying that disabling Cortana can force it to work?

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No, turning off search indexing gets it to work. Cortana doesn't work on my PC, which is a separate problem, I assume.

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Are you saying that disabling Cortana can force it to work?

For me specifically; it means that if I disable the search service altogether in services. Then suddenly the search box in settings starts working again.

It seems almost like the part of search related to control panel and settings is just flat out broken down completely. And normal index repairs or rebuilding of search has no effect (I would assume this is because it doesn't touch this part...)

I really wish someone with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the search functions could have a look at this problem.

Also this seems to be a problem for some users on windows 8 as well, and I have seen similar behavior on one of my windows 8 machines. This leads me to believe that something about search was changed, and now any trouble shooting related to search fails to include this issue.

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