Fix and Repair broken Windows Search in Windows 10/8/7 easily

The Search function is one of the most useful and frequently used feature in Windows 10/8/7. And if it does get broken for some reason and does not display results at all or display results incorrectly, it can be quite frustrating. This article will tell you how you can repair your Windows Search and the Search Indexer function.

This ATS from Microsoft will automatically repair Windows Search problems and specifically fixes the following search problems:

  1. Windows Search does not start

  2. Windows Search does not work as expected, even if it does start

  3. Windows Search starts but shows no results

  4. Windows Search is crashing

  5. Other general problems with Windows Search.

Windows Search Troubleshooter

If you face these issues, download this Windows Search Troubleshooter from Microsoft and simply run the wizard. Microsoft has now built these tools inside the Windows 10 / 8.1 operating system. To access it open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items and click on Find and fix problems with Windows Search to open the Windows Search Troubleshooter.

The wizard will ask you if you would like to detect and fix all the issues automatically or if you would like it to only detect the issues, and let you decide what you want fixed. Choose the option you want and click on Next to complete its run.

If you receive and error message: Search Failed to Initialize, Waiting to receive indexing status or Microsoft Windows Search Indexer Stopped Working And Was Closed or Windows could not start the Windows Search on Local Computer, you may want to see this post on Windows Search not working.

These links may also interest you:

  1. Troubleshoot and fix Windows Search or Search Indexer not working
  2. Search box does not display search results correctly in Windows 7
  3. Windows Search service on local computer started and then stopped
  4. Windows Start Menu Search Box not working in Windows 7
  5. We’re getting search ready error in Windows 10
  6. Cortana or Windows 10 search not finding desktop applications.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Ikanjia4683

    These all failed, so now what? Manually try with troubleshooter?

  2. DDochat

    My personal opinion is that you still have to rely on a third party tool, such as Everything – or Lookeen (interesting tool cause it combines an Outlook and Windows Search Tool) if you want to get a real fast search in Windows. So sad …

  3. Eternal Optimist

    For heck’s sake. Did you even bother checking to see if the Windows Search tool even works on a Windows 10 computer before posting? “We’re sorry, but your operating system is not supported by Microsoft Fix it at this time.”

  4. This is a 2011 post just updated for recent OS versions. Microsoft has now built these tools inside the operating system. To access it open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items and click on Find and fix problems with Windows Search to open the Windows Search Troubleshooter.

  5. Eternal Optimist

    Thank you for the clarification and update. Please excuse my rudeness.

  6. Don’t worry, I at times face worse moods. 🙂

  7. shipdog7

    My Windows 10 shows numerous Event errors. The Windows Search Service is starting up and attempting to remove the old search index {Reason: Full Index Reset}. The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index. Internal error . The Windows Search Service is starting up and attempting to remove the old search index {Reason: Full Index Reset}.

  8. InfoWarz Lite

    Cheers, for some reason “Windows Search Services” wasn’t running or wouldn’t load even after restarts. Could be related to antivirus but it was fine the past few hours. Thanks for the tip.

  9. William W Haywood

    All of these failed also. This system is worse than anything MS has ever put out. Going back to ubuntu.

  10. William W Haywood

    Close this stupid site down!

  11. Take a deep breath. We are not Microsoft. We are Windows end-users like you, who are trying to help out. If it did not help you, too bad. Maybe your problem is something else. Perhaps you want to contact Microsoft and tell them how you feel.

  12. Paras Sidhu

    If it’s not working for you, criticize Microsoft. For me, Search works sometimes and not other times. I apply fixes. Nothing works. Then some random day, search starts working automatically.

  13. Pijon

    Thanks! Most valuable help! Finally fixed my windows search.. not searching..

  14. Go Kevin

    windows 10 keeps updating, they keep altering areas, so the chances any of the tips given will work on the next build is hit or miss.
    Anand can only give advice for one build. The anniversary 1607 was build 14393.0 in 2016, it now stands at build 14393.969 (March 2017) and will soon be 15005.+ which I believe is the creators update (11th April 2017 so I’m informed).

  15. Ravenous Basilisk

    Slow indexing on windows 7 x64, rebuilding index doesn’t help, troubleshooting indicates “Incorrect permissions for search service directories” but that shouldn’t be an issue. All required services are up…
    Only checked 60 000 files in 3 days

  16. Charlie Scoville

    ProTip: Search often won’t work unless you “own” the folder/files… because “Security.”

    Try the well known “Take Ownership” reg hack before you go downloading the whole
    internet looking for a tool that probably won’t fix this.

  17. John Wilkes Tooth

    After my last update in Windows 7, my Windows search box disappeared and Windows Media Player disappeared. What kind of bullshit is Microsoft up to?

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