Windows Search is disabled by default in Windows Server 2016
This article provides the steps to re-enable the Windows Search service in Windows Server 2016.
Original product version: Windows Server 2016
Original KB number: 3204979
When you try to search from the Start menu or from Cortana on a Windows Server 2016-based computer, you may receive no results or inconsistent results.
By default, the Windows Search service is set to Disabled in Windows Server 2016. This is because indexing of the volumes can cause problems in certain scenarios, such as with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and in running Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) with multiple simultaneous sessions.
If you plan to use Windows Server 2016 as your client desktop computer or if you want Windows Search functionality from the Start menu regardless, you can re-enable the Windows Search service. To do this, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key +R to open the Run box.
- Type services.msc, and then press Enter.
- Right-click Windows Search, and then select Properties.
- Change the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start).
- Select Apply, and then select Start.
- Select OK, and then close the Services console.