Windows 10 Start Search not displaying results; shows blank white

After installing the latest Cumulative Update on my Windows 10 PC today, I found that my Windows 10 Start Search was not displaying any results – It just showed a blank white screen. If you face this issue, here are some suggestions that will help you fix the problem.

Windows 10 Start Search not displaying results

Windows 10 Start Search not displaying results

  1. Run Search and Indexing Troubleshooter
  2. Configure the Windows Firewall
  3. Reinstall Cortana.

1] Run Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

Run the Windows Search and Indexing Troubleshooter and see if that helps. You can access it via Settings Troubleshooters page.

2] Configure the Windows Firewall

Press Win+Pause or Win+Fn+Pause keys to open the Control Panel. Next, open Windows Defender Firewall applet and click on Advanced Settings to open Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security panel.

Locate Cortana and double-click on it to open its Properties window.

Ensure that Allow the connection is selected. This is the default working setting.

3] Reinstall Cortana

Cortana or Windows 10 search not finding desktop applications

If you do not see Cortana in the Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security panel, then you may need to reinstall Cortana.

Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Select File menu > Run new task.

Type powershell in the given field and select Create this task with administrative privileges.

Press OK and a PowerShell console will open.

Copy-paste the following command and hit Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

This reinstalls Cortana – and this is what got my Windows 10 Start Search working back!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

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