Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

Several Windows 10 users face this unexpected behavior of Windows 10 which is that when searching in the Start Menu or in the Settings app, the search returns no results. If you face this issue, follow the instructions below to fix it.


Windows 10 search does not work
To fix search in the Settings app and Start Menu in Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog.
    Tip: see Shortcuts with Windows (Win) key every Windows 10 user should know.
  2. Paste the following text into the Run box and press Enter:
    %LocalAppData%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

    Windows 10 run dialog

  3. A new Explorer window will be opened. You will see the Indexed folder. Windows 10 indexed folder
  4. Right click it and open its Properties. Windows 10 indexed folder properties
  5. In Properties, click the Advanced button on the General tab. The following dialog will appear: Windows 10 indexed folder properties advanced
  6. There, tick the option named "Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" as shown below:
    Windows 10 fix search does not work in Settings
    If it is already checked, uncheck it, click Apply and check it again and click Apply again. Finally, click OK and close all dialog windows.

You are done. Wait for a few minutes until the indexing service checks all the files in the folder. After that, the search in the Settings app and in the Start Menu should start working again.

23 thoughts on “Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

  1. Terry Jones

    Thanks. So simple a solution to a frustrating problem. Worked in seconds.

    Reply
  2. barbara

    Thanks for solving a very frustrating problem with a simple solution…I would never have found the solution on my own

    Reply
  3. Gabriel

    Straight forward and easy to follow, will be recommending this page…thanks

    Reply
  4. quirt

    thanks SO much! i’ve been hating on this issue for a LONG time now

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome

      Reply
  5. me

    This actually worked. Also, even though I have windows 10, the search gui looked quite a bit different. This made me worried that I had a slightly different problem. Nevertheless, the steps still were relevant. Must’ve been a different system version. Thanks!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome.

      Reply
  6. James Alward

    Really want to try this fix for myself but for some reason I don’t have the Indexed folder in that location. The folder where the Indexed folder should be is entirely empty. I have the latest insider preview installed (14316) from a clean install. I am going to maybe try to just create the folder and see what happens.

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  7. Sue Smith

    Worked like a charm. Thanks a lot :)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  8. ChengHong

    Can’t search for Windows Update. Any idea how to fix it.

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    1. Anatol

      i have the same Problem. Anybody has an idea to fix?

      thanks

      Reply
  9. Frank

    Thanks! Finds a lot now, but no content from the “settings” application.

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  10. Curmudgeon

    My major malfunction of the ever-buggy Windows OS is the search never ends while never finding anything.

    Previously, you would see the list of search results popping up as the green progress bar moves from zero to done. For months, the green bar stops moving when it gets a bit into the “refresh” box. No results appear. Leaving it overnight makes no difference.

    Tried the fix, the folder was already allowed for indexing so I UN-checked it and applied and then re-checked the indexing option. Restarted. No change.

    Is there a more advanced option before I just download someone’s archived version of the last Google Desktop? I continued to use Google Desktop on to my Windows 7 machine, and found that it OFTEN found things that Windows Search did not.

    Thanks!

    C

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    1. Bob

      For file-name only fast searches, use “Everything Search” by voidtools. For searching inside files, use “FileLocator Lite”.

      Reply
  11. Christian

    Thank you for this. I searched for a long time and finally found your description and it is working fine!!!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome

      Reply
  12. Wolfgang Pfeiffer

    Thanks a lot – it seems it even worked here, on windows 8.1 … :)

    Reply
  13. Daniel

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!! This drove me nuts for weeks now and somehow I never came across this solution, before now. NOW I can finally leave office and go home :-) Really important for my part was the “if checked already, uncheck – apply – check again – apply” bit of information. That indeed fixed it.

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  14. Kyle

    I’m one step away from trying this fix for my computer, but I was prompted with one more window.

    This next window asks “Do you want to apply this change to this folder only, or do you want to apply it to all sub-folders and files as well?”

    Which should I pick, and a quick reasoning why would be insightful!
    Thanks

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Pick “apply to all sub-folder and files”.

      Reply
  15. JillJJ

    That solution DOES fix the problem.
    Unfortunately, the problem just returns every few days… and I have to apply the solution again and again forever.

    Ugh.

    Did MS test W10 at all????

    Reply
  16. Jeremy

    Check this reg path and verify your profile is int he path and not another
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SettingsConstraintIndex\CurrentConstraintIndexCabPath

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SettingsConstraintIndex\LatestConstraintIndexFolder

    ie: c:\users\YOURUSERPROFILE\….

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