Windows 10 V1909: Issues with Explorer

[German]Users of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (Version 1909) complain about issues with Windows Explorer. There are freezes in Search and also malfunctions in the file manger.


Woody Leonhard has addressed some issues within this post, and MS Power User has this article dealing with issues. Blog readers also report comments that continue to report problems with the start menu or search.  In addition, a blog reader pointed out another annoyance with the Explorer on the weekend.

Start menu still broken

The issues in start menu and desktop search caused in Windows 10 Version 1903 with the update KB4515384 of September 10, 2019 are still plaguing some users (see this German comment). An upgrade from Windows 10 version 1903 to 1909 does not always fix the issues, as some user complains within this German comment. On the other hand, some German users reports that upgrading Windows 10 to version 1909 fixed the issue. This German user reports new issues, a left click on the start menu does not work anymore.

Search causes issues

A user at reports,  that the text in the search field is so small that it cannot be read. An entry in the Microsoft Answers forum reports a bug caused by Enablement Update KB4517245. KB4517245 upgrades Windows 10 version from 1903 to 1909. After this update, the copy & paste in search box ist broken.

BUG in feature update to windows 10 version 1909 via enablement package (KB4517245)

Hello, I've tested in two different machines and confirmed that after the "feature update to windows 10 version 1909 via enablement package (KB4517245)" it's no longer possible to copy-paste to the search box present in folders (upper right corner) using the mouse, the right click is completely disabled.

For now I've removed the (KB4517245)…

I have the KB4524570 CU Windows 10 v1903 build 18362.476 the problem only happens after the installation of the (KB4517245). With the build 18362.476 everything works perfect.

This has to be a windows bug.

A right click is also deactivated. In the same thread, a user describes a stutter when searching Windows on the desktop. Several users confirm a freeze during the search.

Woody Leonhard has also included a guest article on 'Solving search problems' in a news letter. I don't know if this will help.

The changed search function

German blog reader Stefan contacted me by mail on Sunday and pointed out the problems. He wrote:


Microsoft has once again annoyed many users because the search function in the File Explorer has been changed since V1909, and this "feature" can not be easily disabled or undone. It would be better if Microsoft would allow the users to decide against such a serious change, i.e. to make the feature optional.

Then he mentioned the MS answers forum entry dealing with search issues; I've mentioned above. I found his following hint interesting:

Since I also used the search function intensively so far, and I found this as it was before V1909 also better (the search starts already during the text input, is indexed one has immediately the search result), I am also disappointed about the forced change.

You can deactivate the new search function for a while with mach2, but Windows V1909 decides to activate the new search function again after a few days (probably by one of the many tasks in task planning).

Stefan refers to this article at German who describe the tool Mach2 for deactivating the new search (discussion on MyDigital-Life). Since Windows 10 V1909 resets the search modified by Mach2 to the new functionality, Stefan solved it by running gpedit and executing a batch file with the mach2 command on shutdown. At this point thanks for the hint – maybe it will help someone.

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