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Windows 11 Bugs? How to Fix Windows 11 Search Not Working

Updated by Roxanne on Nov 19, 2021

Most of them have download the new OS - Windows 11. It is praised for its fresh look and smooth game experience. But it does exist some problems in using, such as Windows 11 search not working complained by some users. So in this article, you can get 7 quick fixes to solve the Windows search bar not working.

Quick Fixes:

Fix 1. Check for Updates in Windows 11
Fix 2. Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter in Windows 11
Fix 3. Restart Windows Search
Fix 4. Restart Your Windows 11 PC
Fix 5. Rebuild Windows 11 Search Index
Fix 6. Check If Windows Search is Running
Fix 7. Update Your HDD to SSD by EaseUS Partition Master

Fix 1. Check for Updates in Windows 11

Windows 11 will release updates and you can choose to get the latest updates for smooth PC performance. Try this quick fix and follow the steps to check the updates:

Step 1. Click the Windows icon and select Settings.

Step 2. Choose Update & Security from the panel.

Step 3. Select Windows Update and then click Check for updates.

check for update

If your Windows has updated to the latest version, you can get fix 2 to run the search and indexing troubleshooter.

Fix 2. Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter in Windows 11

Windows 11 also keeps the fast indexing as Windows 10. To fix Windows 11 search bar not working, run the Search and Indexing troubleshooter can fix any problems.

Step 1. Select Settings from the Start Menu.

Step 2. Search Troubleshoot in the search box.

Step 3. Scroll down to find Additional troubleshooters.

Step 4. Under the Find and fix other problems section, select Search and Indexing and then click the Run the troubleshooter button.

run the troubleshooter windows 11

Fix 3. Restart Windows Search

Step 1. Click the search icon, type Task Manager in the search box.

Step 2. When the Task Manager window pops up, click the Details tab.

Step 3. Under the name column, scroll down to locate SearchUI.exe. Right-click SearchUI.exe and then click End task.

end searchui

Step 4. Confirm to end process.

When you search next time, the Windows Search will restart automatically. If restart Windows search doesn't fix your problem, try to restart your Windows PC.

Fix 4. Restart Your Windows 11 PC

Restarting is the common fix we use when encountered an unknown problem in the device. If the "Restart Windows search the method is helpless for Windows 11 search not working, you can restart your device and check if the Search function is running normally.

Steps to restart PC: Click the Start icon in the taskbar. Click the Power icon and select the Restart button.

restart win11 PC

Fix 5. Rebuild Windows 11 Search Index

If the two restart options can not solve the Search not working issue, you can apply the search index rebuild.

Step 1. Locate the Search icon on the centered toolbar. Type Control Panel and click to open it.

Step 2. Select Indexing Options > Click Advanced > Go to Troubleshooting part, click Rebuild button.

rebuild indexing option

Step 3. Click OK and confirm the "Rebuild Index" box.

Fix 6. Check If Windows Search is Running

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type services.msc and click OK or press Enter key to go on.

Step 2. Scroll down to locate the Windows Search service. All services are presented in alphabetical order.

Step 3. If the Status is not shown as Running, right-click on it and choose Properties.

Step 4. Under the General tab, go to Startup type > Select Automatic.

check windows search

Step 5. Move to the Service status section and then click Start.

Step 6. Click OK to save changes and check if the Windows search performs well.

Fix 7. Update Your HDD to SSD by EaseUS Partition Master

The last fix you can get to solve Windows 11 search not working is to upgrade your disk. The better hard disk will let your PC running smoother. Honestly, fix 7 can help you migrate Windows 11 to SSD without reinstalling Windows 11. With an advanced system disk, your device will work better. What you need is to download a third-party software - EaseUS Partition Master.

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EaseUS Partition Master lets you resize/move partition for better disk layout, convert MBR to GPT, migrate OS between two disks, clone the source partition to the target partition. Before using the "Migrate OS" function, you'd better back up the necessary files on the target disk because the operation will remove your data and partition.

Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:

  • Run EaseUS Partition Master, select Migrate OS from the top menu.
  • Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click Next.
  • Check Warning: the data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.
  • Then click Continue.
  • Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click Proceed to start migrating your OS to a new disk

Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.

To Sum Up 

When the Windows 11 search does not appears as normal, it is recommended to use the above seven quick solutions. You can check for updates, run search and indexing troubleshooter, restart Windows search, apply disk upgrade, etc.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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