How to troubleshoot and resolve Windows 10 search indexing problems

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Catherine Le Nevez
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In Windows 7 or Windows 8, we have seen the high usability of search engine indexing to find important files in the folders of our directories (local disks). Windows 10 also includes this functionality. The search engine provides optimal search results in the user's folder (found basically on hard drives), emails, the Start menu, and the OneDrive folder (offline files and folders stored locally on the hard drive).

As the search mechanism produces better results in Windows 10, we sometimes get results such as broken results or missing files on the search results page. If your search does not live up to expectations or you are having difficulty performing it, you can easily solve your search problems by using the search troubleshooter or by manually rebuilding the search engine index.



In this article, we will know how to manually rebuild the search engine index to fix Windows 10 search and how to run the search troubleshooter to fix search engine indexing issues in Windows 10.

Method 1: Review the status of the Windows Search service

Browse the Windows Search Service

By default, Windows 10 plays no role in disabling the Windows Search service; It would be advisable to check whether search services are enabled or not. This can be done by going to the “Services” page. It is recommended that you perform the following steps to check the status:

Step 1:

Press the "Tasto Windows + R“To open the Run dialog box. Gender "Services.msc“In the command box and press Enter to open the service manager page.


Step 2:

Once the Service Manager window opens, scroll down the page and search for "Windows Search"


Step 3:

Now, double click on "Windows Search". The other columns of the Windows search show its description, status, startup type, etc.

In the status column, it will show its status (whether it is running or stopped). If he stops for any reason, make sure he's running.

If the Start the service option is enabled, just click Home to start the service, if not only start again service.

Check by double clicking on it if the startup type shows an automatic result.

If not, choose the startup type as Automatic and click Start if the button is active.

Method 2: Rebuilding the search engine index

Windows 10 offers an efficient way to rebuild indexing techniques. Before rebuilding the search index, be sure to stop all processing by external users. The next steps to ensure the rebuild process are as follows:

Step 1:

In the Windows 10 search box, type "Indexing options“And press Enter.

Alternative method to go to search indexing

Alternatively or "Control Panel“And the search indexing options in the search box. Then click on "Indexing options"Icon.

Step 2:

When you open the "Indexing options", Click on"Advanced"Button to open"Advanced options".


Step 3:

Now under "Index settings“A Troubleshooting section will appear. This section contains a "Rebuild"Button. Click on "Rebuild"Button. This will help rebuild the search engine index.


After clicking on it, a confirmation message will appear showing “Rebuilding the index may take a long time to complete. Some views and search results may be incomplete until the rebuild is complete. "

Click on "ok“To allow Windows 10 to enable rebuilding of the search engine index.

Note: This step can take a couple of hours to complete, but in most cases it takes 5-10 minutes or less.

Method 3: Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter


Like previous versions, there are several troubleshooting techniques available in Windows 10. Here we will see how to run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter. The following steps will perform the following method:

Step 1: Open the settings by pressing Tasto Windows + I together.

Step 2: Now click on Update and security.

Step 3: Now choose Solve problems in the left menu, then click Search and indexing from the right side.

Step 4: Now click on Run the troubleshooter.

Step 5:

Now you will see "What problems do you see?" section with multiple check boxes. Select the appropriate check boxes before clicking the “Next” button to allow the troubleshooter to recognize the problems and fix them if possible.

If the troubleshooter is not identified to troubleshoot and repair the issues, please contact http://support.microsoft.com through the application to contact support for this issue.

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