7 Ways to Fix SearchApp.Exe Suspended on Windows 11, 10

Windows 10 has been one of the most sought-after versions of the operating system because of its virtual assistant Cortana and its search feature. However, several users have reported issues with the SearchApp.exe, which fails to load, thereby rendering the search and Cortana functions useless.

In this article, we will discuss some of the common reasons behind this issue and suggest ways to resolve it.

What is Windows SearchApp.exe?

SearchApp.exe is an executable file that is linked to the search functionality of Windows. Previously, SearchApp.exe was used for searching within Cortana and Windows 10 in earlier versions of Windows 10. However, Microsoft integrated this executable file with Windows search functions starting with the Windows 10 version 2004.

Whenever you click on the search bar located at the bottom-left corner of your taskbar, SearchApp.exe ensures that the search menu appears instantly. It is a low-resource process responsible for ensuring that the search bar functions seamlessly and provides precise search results for all your queries.

To enhance your experience while using Windows, it is crucial to ensure that SearchApp.exe is functioning correctly. The smooth operation of this executable file helps you in accessing the desired information and files quickly and efficiently.

SearchUI.exe VS. SearchApp.exe

Back in April 2019, there was a significant change made to Cortana’s infrastructure. The SearchUI.exe, which was previously a part of Cortana, was restructured and SearchApp.exe was separated from it. The reason for this overhaul was to make it easier to distinguish the search component from other parts of the system.

What causes SearchApp.exe Suspended?

The reasons behind these issues could be missing system files, a problem with the Cortana application, or third-party applications interfering with SearchUI.exe. In the next section, we will discuss some ways to fix the suspended SearchUI.exe issue in Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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Fix the SearchApp.exe suspended issue

Here are the solutions that you can try on your Windows PC to resolve the SearchApp.exe suspended error.

1. Fix the package folder for Cortana

1. Navigate to the following location just to verify if the location exists on your PC or not:


2. Now, ensure you are logged in as an administrator, click on the restart option in the start menu while holding the Shift key.

3. Your PC will now boot into Safe Mode. Here select Troubleshoot and then Advanced options.

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4. On the next screen select “Command Prompt” and type the following command to delete the corrupted Cortana package folder:

RD /S /Q C:\Users\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewyRoamingState

5. Next, enter the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$.InstallLocation -like "SystemApps"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}

2. Check your antivirus

If the problem still exists, you can try changing the settings of your antivirus and see if it fixes the issue. If not, uninstall the antivirus and check if the problem is resolved. In case the issue still persists, consider switching to a different antivirus solution.

3. Update Windows

Make sure Windows is up to date Ensure that your Windows is up to date.

1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.

2. Go to “Update & Security.”

3. Click on the “Check for updates” button to see if any Windows updates are available.

update windows 10
update windows 10

If there is a pending update, install it and check if the issue still persists.

4. Create a new user account

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Navigate to “Accounts.”

3. Select “Family & other people” on the Accounts settings screen.

001 accounts form settings family and other user

4. In the right pane, select “Add someone else to this PC” and choose “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.”

5. Finally, select “Add a user without a Microsoft account,” enter the desired username and click “Next” to proceed.

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Once the new account is created, log out from your current one and log in to the new account.

5. Reinstall iCloud

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

2. End all instances associated with Windows Explorer and iCloud processes.

3. Go to “File” followed by “Run new task” and enter “explorer.”

4. Uninstall iCloud and other Apple-related applications from your PC.

5. After uninstalling iCloud, reinstall it and the issue should be resolved.

6. Delete the Roaming profile

1. Search and open the Control Panel.

2. Navigate to “System.”

3. Select “Advanced system settings” from the left pane.

3. In the System Properties window, click on the “Settings” button in the User Profile section.

4. Select your domain profile and click “Delete” to remove the Roaming profile from the local machine and the server.

Note: that you’ll need to contact the domain administrator to delete the Roaming profile on the server.

7. Perform a Clean boot

1. Press Windows + R to open the Run tool, enter “MSConfig” and click OK.

msconfig run command
msconfig run command

2. In the System Configuration window, select “Selective startup” and uncheck “Load startup items.”

uncheck load startup items
uncheck load startup items

3. Next, select the “Services” tab and check the “Hide all Microsoft services” box.

4. Then click “Disable all” and “Apply.”

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5. Restart your PC.

Tip: Read our Clean Boot Mode Guide for a more detailed tutorial on how to Clean Boot Windows.

As previously mentioned, issues with SearchApp.exe may arise as a result of third-party software, and if you are seeking to pinpoint the application responsible for the problem, we suggest that you perform a Clean Boot.

Upon restarting your computer, verify if the issue persists. If it does not, then one of the startup applications is likely causing the problem.

To identify the problematic application or service, you will need to repeat the same process and enable the applications and services one by one or in groups.

Remember that each time you enable a group of services or applications, you must restart your computer to implement the changes. Once you have identified the problematic application, you can disable or uninstall it to resolve the issue.

In conclusion, there are multiple solutions to fix the SearchUI.exe suspended issue on your Windows 11 or 10 PC. Try each of these fixes until the issue is resolved.

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Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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