While I rely on Windows 10, this is classic example of reliability engineering.
Keep it simple.
Because of time constraints, posts will be short and to the point.
Cortana would not index files and as a result, Windows Search was effective non-functional. A clean reinstall with our current set of GPOs caused my domain account to crash Cortana. Even after excluding the suspect GPO, my user profile would still not allow Cortana to index files and Control Panel/Metro settings. The error was: “Search results aren’t quite ready yet, but we’re working on getting them together. Try back in a few minutes.”
Google tells me many others are having the same issue: here, here, here here, here, and here if you want to read and learn more.
The fix? This assumes United States English. If you want a different language, copy/paste the files from the same location from a system with the identical language; e.g. en-GB
- Download: en-US
- Extract to:
- If extracted correctly, double check the path:
- Reboot! Cortana and Window Search should be functional with complete results.
Another option is to remove the ability to search for Windows settings; refer to this thread.