FIX : Uninstalled apps appear in the Windows Search

Many Windows 10 users have reported that they are seeing the uninstalled applications in the windows search even when the apps are successfully removed from the system. If you are seeing this bug in your system, there is nothing to worry about. We have compiled some working fixes that will help you get rid of the uninstalled application from the windows search.

Fix 1: Delete the folder  Microsoft Windows Cortana

Step 1: Open the Run Terminal using the keys Windows+R

Step 2: Type appdata and hit Enter


Run Command Appdata Enter



Step 4: In the window that opens, double click on Local

Step 5: Within the Local folder, scroll down and locate the folder name Packages and double-click on it.

Step 6: Within the Packages folder, delete the folder named Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy



Delete The Windows Cortana Folder



NOTE: If you are not able to delete the folder, then get into the folder and try to delete as many sub-folders as possible.

Step 7: Logout from your account and log in again.

Check if this helps.

Fix 2: Delete the Application from the Programs Folder

Step 1: Click on the Start button(one with Window Symbol) on the taskbar

Step 2: Locate the application and double-click on it.

Step 3: Try and see if you can delete it. If yes, then this solve your problem

Step 4: If you are not able to delete the shortcut from here then open the Run Dialog

Step 5: Type shell:common programs and press enter



Shell Programs



Step 6: In the window that opens, locate the application and delete it 



Common Programs



Step 7: If this does not help, then open the run dialog again.

Step 8: Type shell:programs and hit Enter



Shell Programslocal User



Step 9: In the opening window, locate the application and delete the folder



User Programs



Hopefully, this should help you fix the issue.

Fix 3: Create a new local administrator account

Step 1: Create a new local user account. For Details Refer to the link How to Create a New Local User Account in Windows 10

Step 2: Once the account is created, click on the Account that was just created. Let’s say the account was created as Test

Step 3: Now, click on the Change account type button



Click On Change Account Type Button



Step 4: In the Change account type window that appears, choose Administrator from the Account Type drop-down and click on the OK button.



Change Account Type Administrator



Step 5: Logout from the main account and log in from the Test account.

Step 6: Open run using Windows and R from your keyboard

Step 7 – Now, type appdata in it and click OK.

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Now, go to folders named below

  • Local
  • Packages
  • Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy
  • Settings

Step 7: Delete all the files from this folder

Step 8: Restart the system

Step 9: Login from the main account and check if the issue has been resolved.

Fix 4: Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

Step 1: Open the Run dialog by pressing the Shortcut keys Windows+r

Step 2: In the appearing window, type the command ms-settings:troubleshoot and just click on OK



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Step 3: In the Settings–> Update & Security –> Troubleshoot window that appears, Click on Additional troubleshooters



Additional Trobleshhoters



Step 4: Scroll down and press the on Search and Indexing 

Step 5: Now, click on the Run the troubleshooter button



Search And Indexing Run The Troubleshooter



Step 6: Troubleshooter runs and detects the problem. Follow the on-screen instructions and solve the problem

Fix 5: Restart Windows Search

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the Context Menu

Step 2: Go to the Details tab

Step 3: Under the Name column, scroll down and right-click on SearchUI.exe

Step 4: Choose End Task from the context menu



End Task Search Ui



Step 5: In the confirmation dialog that shows up, click on End Process

Step 6: Restart the system

Fix 6: Reset Windows Search

Step 1: Open the Run Dialog using Windows+R

Step 2: Type ms-settings:about and hit Enter



Settings About



Step 3: In the Settings > System > About window that opens, scroll down and check the OS build under the Windows specifications section

If the OS build version is 1809 or earlier follow the below steps. ( For OS build 1903 and above, move to step 8)

Step 4: In the windows search bar, type Cortana

Step 5: Now, click on Cortana on the left-hand side

Step 6: Then, Click on App Settings from the right-hand side



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Step 7: From the window that opens, scroll down and click on the Reset button as shown below



Cortana Reset



If the OS build version is 1903 and above follow the below steps

Step 8: Visit the link Reset Windows Search PowerShell script

Step 9: Scroll down and click on the Download button



Windows Search Powershell Script Download



Step 10: Now, right-click on the downloaded script and choose Run with PowerShell



Run With Powershell



Step 11: In the UAC prompt that shows up, just click on Yes

Step 12: In most cases the script runs successfully. In case you see any error while running the script, follow the below steps and then try running the script

Step 13: Open Run Dialog again

Step 14: Type powershell and hit Enter






Step 15: Copy-paste the below command and hit Enter



If you see that the value is Restricted, then run the below command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted


Step 16: You will see a warning message, press the Y button from the keyboard.



Powershell Get Execution Policy And Set Execution Policy Min



Step 17: Now, run the PowerShell script again (Steps 10, 11)

Step 18: Once, the script has been executed successfully, revert back the execution policy with the below command

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy Restricted


Check if this helps.

Fix 7: Run DISM and SFC Scan

NOTE: Make sure you have a steady Internet connection before proceeding

Step 1: Open Run Dialog. Use the shortcut Window+r

Step 2: In the Dialog, type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the command prompt window that opens, Enter the following commands. Please don’t forget to hit Enter after each command.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth



Step 4: Restart your system

Check if this helps. If not try the next fix.

Fix 8: Repair all the Windows Apps

Step 1: Pressing the keys Windows and R, open Run Dialog

Step 2: Type powershell and press the keys Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the window that opens enter the below commands one after the other. Make sure to hit Enter after very command.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode}

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}


NOTE: If you see any red errors, ignore them.

Step 4: Restart the system

Fix 9: Try Repair Upgrade

If you see that none of the above fixes worked, try repair upgrading your PC.

Step 1: Visit this page and download the Windows 10 Installation Media tool from the link

Step 2: Once the download is complete, right-click on the file and choose Run as Administrator



Run As Admin



Step 3: In the Windows 10 Setup Window, you will see a license agreement, click on the Accept button



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Step 4: In the window, when you are asked What do you want to do, tick on Upgrade this PC now and click on the Next button



Windows 10 Media Creation Tool 3



Step 5: Follow the onscreen instructions in the upcoming wizards

Step 6: In the Ready to install window, click on the Change what to keep the option



Windows 10 Media Creation Tool 8



Step 7: Tick on the Keep personal files and apps and press the Next button



Windows 10 Media Creation Tool 9



Step 8: Finally, in the upcoming wizard window, click on the Install button and complete the Upgrade process

Step 9: Restart the system

That’s All

We hope this article has been informative. Thank you for Reading

Kindly comment and let us know which of the above fixes helped you solve the issue.

3 thoughts on “FIX : Uninstalled apps appear in the Windows Search”

  1. Thanks, this worked for me too.
    I was unable to delete the package folder – BUT – was able to rename it … as follows ..
    A Windows restart automatically recreated a new “clean” version.

  2. Wowwwsome..!! Finally i was able to see off those dumb 2007 office icons from search. Last step before windows restore – creating a second admin account and deleting windows search folder worked.
    Thanks much for saving me from stress and irritation.

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