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Coresus

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Hello I'm on Windows Pro 11, version 23H2 (OS build 22631.3235)

For some reason the Windows search bar is only returning results within files, but not within apps or settings.
I think this is because I did something to disable Bing and/or websearches from the search bar, but I obviously disabled too much.
Can anyone help? Thanks.
Here's what happens when I search (as an example) for "network":

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Hi Coresus, welcome to 11F.

See if this helps to relax the parameters for Bing search:

This is the basic search tut for File Explorer in tutorials:

It helps to have indexing on and running when searching thru File Explorer:

Check near the bottoms of the tutorials under Related Tutorials, there may be ones there that will help but IDK about.

The main index:
 

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Hello I'm on Windows Pro 11, version 23H2 (OS build 22631.3235)

For some reason the Windows search bar is only returning results within files, but not within apps or settings.
I think this is because I did something to disable Bing and/or websearches from the search bar, but I obviously disabled too much.
Can anyone help? Thanks.
Here's what happens when I search (as an example) for "network":

Hello I'm on Windows Pro 11, version 23H2 (OS build 22631.3235)

For some reason the Windows search bar is only returning results within files, but not within apps or settings.
I think this is because I did something to disable Bing and/or websearches from the search bar, but I obviously disabled too much.
Can anyone help? Thanks.
Here's what happens when I search (as an example) for "network":

View attachment 89497
As a starting point, have you tried SFC & DISM. If not, visit the link below.

 

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Thank you both, and in particular Sir_George.
The one that worked from me was one of the options in this Tutorial from the Tutorial index:.
Specifically, I added (back?) Copilot and Web Icons in Windows Search with "DisableSearchBoxSuggestions".
This got me back to searching within settings and apps (rather than solely within files) in the Windows search bar.
It also put back Bing and other web stuff into the Search (and these were the things I was looking to get rid of in the first place), but I was then able to remove them though Settings>Privacy and Security>Search permissions>Web search.
Thanks again.
Coresus
 

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You're welcome.
 

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Sorry, it looks like I spoke too soon. The search history made it look like things were back to normal, but in fact they aren't.
I am still not able to search for any settings in Windows search.
In fact, even the search box in the settings window returns nothing (I guess it's just the same search engine).
See examples below, one where I start typing "bluetooth" (and nothing comes up), and the other where I actually search for "accounts" and it says "no results". Surely this can't be right?

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Sorry, it looks like I spoke too soon. The search history made it look like things were back to normal, but in fact they aren't.
I am still not able to search for any settings in Windows search.
In fact, even the search box in the settings window returns nothing (I guess it's just the same search engine).
See examples below, one where I start typing "bluetooth" (and nothing comes up), and the other where I actually search for "accounts" and it says "no results". Surely this can't be right?

View attachment 89513


View attachment 89514
Just a shot in the dark; did you install a Windows Update recently? If so, try uninstalling and see if that works.
 

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    ASRock H310CM-HDV/M.2
    Memory
    32GB
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    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Intel Kaby Lake - High Definition Audio / cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech) [A0]
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Thanks for getting back.
As a matter of fact, yes I did, as part of my initial troubleshooting process, but this was AFTER the problem had appeared.
However just to be sure, I uninstalled the update. The problem is still there.
 

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Do you have search indexing enabled?

As always check the related tutorials in the box near the bottom of tut, you may have to use this to get search to run again.
 

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    Acer Aspire TC-1760 1.0
    CPU
    2.10 gigahertz Intel 12th Gen Core i7-12700
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire TC-1760 1.0 Bus: 100 megahertz UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. R01-A4 02/21/2022
    Memory
    15.78 of 16 Gigabytes Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 770 [Display adapter]
    Sound Card
    Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer KA242Y A (24.0"vis, s/n 6243003C23E00, October 2022)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 1) * 510.74 GB SSD
    d: (NTFS on drive 0) 1.00 TB 7200rpm SATA HHD
    * Operating System is installed on c:
    PSU
    300w OEM
    Case
    OEM
    Cooling
    OEM
    Keyboard
    OEM
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 add-on
    Internet Speed
    Vz Fios; Png 20ms DL 110.82Mbps UL 122.49Mbps | speedtest
    Browser
    FireFox (64bit) Updated Regulary, now at 125.0.3 (64bit)
    Antivirus
    Windows Security | Came with Norton Ultra trial but has since been uninstalled
    Other Info
    Canon MG3200 Printer
Perform a quick clean boot to eliminate software conflict causing the issue. If it doesn't happen in a clean boot, you have some software conflicting with Windows. Brink's procedure will help you weed out which one. Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 11 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts Tutorial

If it still happens in clean boot, From what you stated it appears this probably stemmed from one of the changes you made. If you do not know which one and have no backup to to restore from, do a Repair Install Windows 11 Repair Install Windows 11 with an In-place Upgrade Tutorial

Edit: if you have no backup and know when this issue started, attempt a system restore.
 

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Thank you Glasskuter, using the clean boot method, I got things back to how there were, and from there, back to how I want them.
 

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using the clean boot method, I got things back to how there were, and from there, back to how I want them.
Good to know. Just to clarify, you found what app was causing the problem and then returned your system to normal boot. Correct?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
To tell the truth, I did it in various stages whilst doing other stuff , and I wasn't as methodical as I would have liked, so unfortunately I'm not really sure (which is kinda dum, I know).
Thank you very much anyway. You helped me sort it out.
 

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