Why is Windows 10 search bar not working for me?

In Windows 7 I would click Start and search for something on my computer, for example, I could type 'cmd' or 'msconfig' and it would turn back a result immediately.  If I try searching like this in Windows 10 it searches and searches and searches... you get the idea.  It never produces a result.  A work around to this was I opened 'This PC' icon and typed in the address bar 'cmd' and the command prompt showed up immediately.  This is a more annoying work around.

I did turn off Cortana, but why would that disable searching for anything on the computer?
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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAsked:
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
How about doing this

Windows Key +R

This gives you the run command line

Type cmd there

What happens
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
That works just fine for that one instance of a specific search.  :)

But what if I want to use the Windows Search and search for Windows Firewall instead of clicking through all the settings and stuff?
Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
How about just using firewall.cpl

Windows Key +r
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
I liked the previous Windows key search facility too.  Progress. :(

Gizmodo have a very good overview of the new Windows 10 Search right here.
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
@Thomas
That works too.  But...

From that article Alan posted it says
I’ve also been able to avoid digging through Control Panel, or the Settings app. I’ve never once wanted to go browse through Control Panel— I go there because I want to turn on this thing, uninstall that, or change those settings. And guess what? Typing ‘Display’ into search is a hell of a lot faster than digging through menus.

Why won't this work for me with the 'Search the web and Windows'?
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
In Explorer you can make a new shortcut: c:\windows\explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder. It will show shortcuts to all applications.

If you really want to go back to the Windows 7 type search, you can use the Stardock App.Stardock App
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
winkey-r will only bring up items in the path
he already has the ability to bring up items via the start menu.
about the only suggestion is re-enable cortana and control panel / indexing rebuild the index
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
@David
I re-enabled Cortana.  I searched for 'firewall' and nothing happened.  It said I was not connected to the internet (which is silly because I am) and that I could search for things on my computer, but that still isn't working.
How do I "re-enable control panel / indexing rebuild the index" ?
Ganesamoorthy STech LeadCommented:
Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Kyle

take a look at this to rebuild the index

http://www.winbeta.org/news/how-rebuilding-your-search-index-windows-10


HTH
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Switch off the web search. Then rebuild the index, if you haven't waited at least a few hours after installing W10. The first indexing takes a lot of time, in particular if the machine is busy with other stuff.

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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the additional suggestions.  I will check them out shortly!
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
I followed up and was going to rebuild the index, but before I tried that I discovered the Windows Search is now working.  That's odd.
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceAuthor Commented:
Instead of it being odd, on a second look at the suggestions here it seems Qlemo was closest to what I experienced and how this was solved!
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