Sysadmin:2020-02 Windows 10 Search Issue

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Sometime during the night before 2020-02-05, Microsoft seemed to push an update to Windows 10 devices breaking search.[1]

Here's a potential fix:[2]

This process requires the involvement of a domain administrator, or second local administrator account.

  1. Log out of the main user account. Log in with an administrator account.
  2. Navigate to C:\Users\<ProblemUserAccount>\AppData\Local\Packages.
    Note: You may need to grant yourself permission to access the <ProblemUserAccount>'s folder.
  3. Find the folder that being with Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_...
  4. Rename that folder, appending .old
  5. Logout of your administrator account and the <ProblemUserAccount> should be able to use search again.

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