If searching through the Windows 10 Settings page is extremely slow or returns “No results” message, this article has the solution for the problem.
[Fix] Search Results Showing No Results in Windows 10 Settings
Step 1: Check if Windows Search Service is Running
- Press WinKey + R, type
services.mscand press ENTER
Windows Searchand set its start type to Automatic
- Manually start the service by clicking Start in the services window.
Step 2: Fix the Settings Index folder path in the registry
- Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
- Go to the following location:
- Inspect the folder paths assigned for the values LatestConstraintIndexFolder & CurrentConstraintIndexCabPath
- Make sure that the folder paths are valid, and point to the right folders. For example, here is the LatestConstraintIndexFolder value data on my computer.
The above folder has the following files pertaining to the Settings search index:
0.0.filtertrie.intermediate.txt 0.1.filtertrie.intermediate.txt 0.2.filtertrie.intermediate.txt Settings.ft Settings.index
In some systems, the profile path or the
Settings_folder name may be incorrect. For instance, it may be incorrectly pointed to another user profile folder that does not exist on the system. Or, you may have renamed the user profile home folder name manually and didn’t update the registry paths.
- Fixing the value data for LatestConstraintIndexFolder & CurrentConstraintIndexCabPath fixes the search issues in the Settings app.
- Similarly, you may want to fix the CurrentConstraintIndexCabPath & LatestConstraintIndexFolder paths in the following registry key:
- Exit the Registry Editor.
Enable Content Indexing for “Immersivecontrolpanel” Folder
Note: This step is not required if you’re running Windows 10 v1903 or higher. Latest versions of Windows 10 don’t use this folder.
- Open the following folder in File Explorer:
The above folder contains the XML files used by the modern Settings page. If these XML files are missing or their contents are not indexed, searching through the Settings page (WinKey + i) would return no results. So, let’s index this folder and it’s sub-folders and files.
LocalStateand click Properties. Click Advanced.
- In the Advanced Attributes dialog, enable the option Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
- Click OK, and apply changes to all sub-directories by selecting the option Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files when prompted.(If the checkbox is already enabled, uncheck the option and click OK. Then enable it back and click OK.)
- Wait for some time for the search index to crawl files in the sub-folders.(If it still doesn’t help, open Indexing Options in Control Panel, click the Advanced tab and rebuild the search index.)
As a side note, to access “Accounts”, you’d simply click Accounts in the main Settings page. The screenshots are for illustration.
That’s it! Hope this fixes the search option in the Windows 10 Settings page.
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