Many Windows 10 users living across the globe ran into a bizarre issue on Wednesday. The system-wide Windows Search feature broke due to some reason, and affected users could only view a blank UI instead of the regular options.
For the uninitiated, Windows Search can be opened from the Start Menu or by clicking the magnifying glass button in the Taskbar. Fossbytes was able to verify the presence of the issue on our own machine.
The result of the blank search UI was that if users had to open a particular app, they had to painfully scroll through the entire app list in the Start Menu. Don’t even imagine the trouble if one has to get access to a particular feature.
Various users took to Reddit and reported the problem; however, the exact number of affected users is still not known.
It was widely believed that the Windows Search bug stemmed out of some server-side issues at Microsoft’s end, which was later confirmed by the company. The integration between Bing and Windows 10 might have caused its effects to appear on people’s machines.
That’s why, initially, a workaround suggested was to disable Bing integration in Windows 10 using the Windows Registry app. This enables the Search UI to start working again but only show local search results.
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Thankfully, Microsoft came to rescue a few hours later and fixed the weird Windows Search bug at 12 PM PST on Jan 5. However, the company said that users will have to restart their machines to get things back to normal. They don’t need to take any other action.
“This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases, you may need to reboot your machine,” the company said on its security advisory page.
Anyway, all of this comes days after a recently released optional update for Windows 10 caused people machines to run into various problems including BSODs.