Windows Search using cortana closes 2 seconds after typing a single character and no result are displayed


I can type one letter in the search field and then am prevented from typing more. Then cortana closes:

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I tried running the windows index troubleshooter, and no problems were found.
I tried running sfc /scannow.
I tried deleting this key described by this post which didn't work:


After creating a new account, cortana works but I want to keep the original account.

While trying to follow this thread:
When I stop the service named WSearch, briefly I can use cortana again but the service restarts itself after about ten seconds so I can't run the command marked at code segment 3 below suggested by the post to do while the service is closed and I don't know how to disable it. I'm running Windows 10 home and GPedit.msc is not available.
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Ignoring disabling WSearch and running the similar commands to reinstall windows store suggested above and here produce errors saying a higher version of the package is already installed.

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


Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}


$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

Best Answer

For me the following post solved the problem:

make a backup of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search in the registry and then delete the whole entry.

(found here:

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