Fix: “These Results May Be Incomplete” In the Start Menu Search

Start Menu search bar is really an amazing tool to find the programs, files, and folders. If you often use the Start Menu search Bar, most probably you have seen a message that read “These results may be incomplete” while searching something in the search box.

This message displays when search indexing is in the progress in the background. Once the computer finds the related results, this message will disappear. But if you quite often encounter this message in the search bar, therefore In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to troubleshoot this problem.

Fix: “These Results May Be Incomplete” error

Try the following methods respectively in order to fix the issue.

1. Check if the Search Indexing is in progress

The message you see, “These results may be incomplete,” displays when the search indexing is in progress in the background. Once the indexing is complete, you get the search result.

To check whether search indexing is running in the background to ensure something is not went wrong, search for Indexing options in the start menu search, and then open the Indexing Options. If you’re unable to find “Indexing options” in the search result, then open the Control Panel and search the same there.

If the indexing is not running, you should see the message “Indexing completed” in the Indexing options. And when Indexing starts running, you can see the status here.

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While the Indexing is running, you see the message “These Results May Be Incomplete” repeatedly in the search bar when you search for something. It would be best if you waited for the Indexing to be completed, then search for something.

2. Run the Built-in Troubleshooter

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Windows 10 has a bunch of troubleshooters to diagnose and fix the various errors on Windows 10. You can run the search and Indexing troubleshooter directly from the “Indexing Options” window or follow the steps below.

  1. Open Windows 10’s settings.
  2. Select the Update & Security.
  3. Navigate to the Troubleshoot page.
  4. On the Troubleshoot page, click the Additional troubleshooters.
  5. Under the “Find and fix other problems,” select the “Search and Indexing”.
  6. Click Run the troubleshooter button to run the troubleshooter.
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  1. Select the problem you noticed when searching for something in the search box.
  2. Click the Next button, and then follow the on-screen instructions to fix the error.

3. Rebuild the Search Index

If the “These results may be incomplete” message is not going away from the search result even when the search indexing is not running. Now, you should manually rebuild the search index; here’s how to do this.

Follow the steps to rebuild the search index.

Although rebuilding the search index is relatively simple, Windows can take a long time to complete this procedure.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Search “Indexing option” in the search bar.
  3. Open the “Indexing option.”
  4. In the “Indexing option,” click the Advanced option.
  5. On the Index Settings tab, under the Troubleshooting, click the Rebuild button.
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  1. Confirm the message with OK.
  2. This process will delete the old index and rebuild a new one.

This process will take about 2-3 hours because Windows has thousands of files and folders. So, have a coffee and watch a movie while this process is running.

I hope this guide is helpful for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

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