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Make Cortana Search For Apps In Windows 10

It’s been about two weeks since Windows 10 rolled out and the number of people who have upgraded is easily in the millions. Overall the operating system is being received well but there’s no denying that it is still buggy. The bugs aren’t the only problem. A recent Windows 10 update has actually created more problems that it meant to solve and users are rolling it back. Unfortunately the operating system is so new that solutions to these problems are still being discovered and Microsoft isn’t exactly keeping up with them. One problem new users are facing is Cortana or the Windows search not searching for apps. The search bar, if working properly should be able to list an app and let you launch it from the search results. If it isn’t doing that, you’ve got a problem and here’s how you can solve it.

There are two solutions that you can try and any one of them might work.

Reindex files

Open Control Panel and search for Index Options. In the Index Options window, click ‘Advanced’.

win10-Indexing Options

Next, click the ‘Rebuild’ option under the troubleshooting section in the Index Settings tab. This will take some time and depending on the number of files you have, it can take hours to complete. Leave your system On and let it index files. Once indexing is complete, check to see if Cortana is now searching for apps or not.


Reinstall Cortana

If reindexing doesn’t solve your problem you might need to reinstall Cortana. The process itself is simple enough but you must have administrative rights to do so. Open PowerShell with administrative privileges and run the following command.

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

It should take a while for this to complete, up to five minutes but the end result ought to be that Cortana now searches for and finds apps.


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