I relocated my desktop computer to a different location not too long ago, and since then, I’ve been experiencing some issues with the Windows start menu search function. Normally, I would press the Windows key and type to access various programs, but now the search field remains empty after I type. Occasionally, the progress/loading bar at the top of the search window will flash on the left side.

Here’s what the search window looks like as an example:

I have observed that the Cortana process in the task manager appears to be consuming an unusually high amount of system resources. More precisely, it seems to be related to the SearchUI.exe process.

Here’s what it looks like in the task manager:

I am uncertain about what modifications have occurred, but I did install the latest Nvidia GPU drivers lately, and reverting back to the previous version did not improve the situation. I can still view and access my SSDs and HDD in the file explorer, so it is unlikely that they have been dislodged.

If anyone has any suggestions or knows where to obtain additional information, I am happy to provide it. I prefer not to reinstall Windows, but if that is the only option, then I will have to do so.

Askify Moderator Edited question April 30, 2023