The Windows Start Menu search used to be simple – tiles and Cortana did not get in the way of you perusing your PC for the files you want. Things got a bit messy in Windows 10, but recent updates have removed issues like Cortana from the feature, and the May 2019 update revamped the search interface, making your searches feel a bit more detailed and granular.
With Cortana out of the way, the Start menu search is a bit more stable and less bloated. Still, it can sometimes stop working, so we’re here to give some pointers on how to fix it.
1. Roll Back Windows 10 Update
It’s quite often the case (as you’ll see throughout this list) that the Start menu search bar can stop working after a Windows 10 update. Sometimes a solution can be found despite the new Windows update, but if you want to play things safe, then you can always undo the Windows 10 update, taking you back to the last-updated version of Windows.
To do this, go to Windows Update (Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update).
From here, click “View update history -> Uninstall updates.”
In the list, organize the updates by their “Installed On” date, right-click the most recent update, then click Uninstall.