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How To Fix Start Menu When Its Not Showing Apps In Windows 10

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I installed Windows 10 on my computer. I’m having some trouble with the Start Menu. Its not showing the recent apps when I search for them. Everything else seems to be working fine.” – Kathryn F., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows 10 has been installed by many people since its release. According to Microsoft’s statistics, Windows 10 was activated 75 Million times in just thirty days after its release. Even though Windows 10 has many happy users, there are also some people who have encountered problems while using it.

Some problems are to be expected after upgrading to a new operating system. Though, most of these problems are easy to fix. Here we will look at the problem of the start menu not showing search results properly in Windows 10.

Problem

The start menu isn’t showing recently installed apps in the search results.

Solution

Here are some ways to fix this problem:

Reset Windows Search By Rebuilding The Index

Windows search is a powerful and handy feature which lets you search the contents of your user folders and the start menu. It helps you quickly find what you need without having to sift through folders. To make this feature work, Windows makes an index file which it searches to find stuff. If something goes wrong and this feature doesn’t work anymore, then you can have Windows rebuild this index file. Here’s how:

  1. Press Windows Key + X > click Control Panel
    Windows 10 - Windows Key + X - Control Panel -- Windows Wally
  2. Click the search-box on the upper-right > type indexing options > click Indexing Options
    Windows 10 - Start Menu - Control Panel - Indexing Options -- Windows Wally
  3. Click the Advanced button
    Windows 10 - Start Menu - Control Panel - Indexing Options - Advanced -- Windows Wally
  4. In the Index Settings tab, click Rebuild under Troubleshooting.
    Windows 10 - Start Menu - Control Panel - Indexing Options - Advanced - Rebuild -- Windows Wally
  5. Click OK to start the process.

Reset Windows To Fix The Problem

There is a chance that the Windows installation is damaged. This can happen as a result of an incomplete or unsuccessful upgrade or installation. You can reset Windows 10 by following these instructions:

  1. Press the Windows Key > click Settings
    Windows 10 - Start Menu - Start Menu - Settings menu - Update & Security -- Windows Wally
  2. Click Update & Security > Recovery > Click Get Started under Reset this PC
    Windows 10 - Start Menu - Update & Security - Recovery - Reset this PC -- Windows Wally

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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