Windows 10 search not working

After the October patch Tuesday taskbar search suddenly stopped working along with the search itself – when something was typed search simply disappears, taskbar turns black/empty. I found in the log  the following errors:

Faulting application name: SearchUI.exe, version: 10.0.14393.953, time stamp: 0x58ba5a2f
Faulting module name: SearchUI.exe, version: 10.0.14393.953, time stamp: 0x58ba5a2f
Exception code: 0xc000027b

And:

Activation of app Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI

Please note that i disabled Cortanta through the registry long time ago – I don’t use and so on, no matter the reason, I just don’t want it. So it seems that after the last patches Microsoft tried to shove it down my throat again, of course, without asking me do I want it at all (Remember the time when the option to disable it simply moving a slider, accurately removed by Microsoft in no time !). I’ve managed to fix the search – it was working all the time, just the UI was crashing by deleting everything connected with Cortana in AppData under my user profile –> reboot –> run the following in powershell (run as admin please)

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disab
edevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

And search is working again everywhere. If you do not want to bother with all of this mumb-jumbo go and install Classic Shell or something similar, as I said not the search, just the SearchUI was crashing constantly due to CortanaUI being somehow re-connected with the searchUI with the last updates . Do not forget to check the registry HKLM\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

AllowCortana value must be zero if you want it stopped, only computer gods know is she working somewhere on the background 🙂 I don’t see it started as a process and this is good enough for me.

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