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If search indexing in Windows 10 never completes and give "These results may be incomplete, search is still indexing your stuff" message, fix it here.

Whenever you search for something in your Windows, the operating system displays results for its indexed stuff. The search index may contain all your stuff like your Documents, libraries, emails, offline files etc. Basically, indexing helps Windows to display results faster.

However, since few days, whenever I search my stuff using taskbar search icon and click My Stuff, I receive following message at the top portion of this search window:

These results may be incomplete, search is still indexing your stuff.

FIX - These Results May Be Incomplete, Search Is Still Indexing Your Stuff Windows 10

Sometimes, you may also get these messages as well, indicating similar problem:

We’re getting search ready…

OR

Search results aren’t quite ready yet, but we’re working on getting them together. Try back in few minutes.

After seeing the first message, I searched about it and I found that I’m not alone who is having this error. After few researches, I found some suggestions to fix this issue which are as follows:

  • Remove the secondary languages installed (from Settings app > Time & language > Region & language).
  • Rebuild search index (Control Panel > Indexing Options > Advanced > Advanced Options > Troubleshooting > Rebuild).
  • Confirm Windows Search is set to Automatic and is Running in Services snap-in (run services.msc command to get this).

Though, even after trying these suggestions, problem still present. Then I tried additional fixes which resolved the issue and they’re mentioned here:

FIX : These Results May Be Incomplete, Search Is Still Indexing Your Stuff Message In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Run Search And Indexing Troubleshooter

This problem may occur due to miscellaneous search related factors. You can run the in-built Windows Search and Indexing troubleshooter to fix this. The steps 1 to 4 mentioned in this fix should help you to run this troubleshooter:

Steps to run Search and Indexing troubleshooter in Windows 10

FIX - These Results May Be Incomplete, Search Is Still Indexing Your Stuff Windows 10

In case if troubleshooter detected any issues and fixed them, you can close troubleshooter once it completes its work and check the status of issue. If problem still persists, check FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Rebuild Search Index Using Registry Editor

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

FIX - These Results May Be Incomplete, Search Is Still Indexing Your Stuff Windows 10

3. In the right pane corresponding Search registry key, right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as EnableSearchBox. Double click on it to modify its Value data:

FIX - These Results May Be Incomplete, Search Is Still Indexing Your Stuff Windows 10

4. Set the Value data to 1 and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot. After restarting the machine, issue should no longer present.

Hope this helps!


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3 Comments

  • Hi, just wanted to say none of these steps fixed my issue “These search results may be incomplete”. I fixed it by enabling indexing for all of the C Drive (except Windows Folder) – ensuring to include the AppData folders for any users. Rebuild index. Reboot and log on, then log into working account. Log off and log back into “broken” account. Fixed.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for adding this 👍

  • Sadly it doesn’t work for me.

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