No matter the version of Windows you are using, you may have some problems with Windows Search running too slow or possibly not running at all. Before jumping into how you can solve this issue, just know there are many other viable alternative desktop search options out there. If right now a Windows search alternative is not something you want to use, then here are some fixes for when Windows 10 and Windows 8 search aren’t working properly.
The function that powers most Windows searches is the Windows Search Indexer. It indexes all of the files and locations you have chosen, and subsequently stores them in a database. When you type in your search terms, it will go to the database, instead of making real time search through your computer. This is why searches can be done so quickly on a PC.
Why then, does the Windows Search slow down for some?
Slow Windows 10 Search
The issue is probably going to be very similar across the board no matter what version of Windows you are using. Even through it’s the newest version, Windows 10 search can stop working sometimes too.
Some people believe that slowed search stems from updating from Windows 8 or 7 to Windows 10, meaning that the search index may have some differences so after you update it isn’t making the correct connections. It could also simply be that there was a problem when the index tried to run for the first time on the new version.
Whatever it may be, here’s what you should do to solve it:
- When you are back in the Indexing Options window, click Advanced
- Inside the Advanced Options, click Rebuild and then click OK
It will take some time to rebuild the index, but once that is done, your Windows Search speed should be much faster.
Slow Windows 8 Start Menu Search
If your Start Screen search is slow in Windows 8, then the following steps will help you fix it. The steps are similar in most versions, but here’s what to do with Windows 8: