Microsoft released Windows 10 November update with some performance improvements. Unlike previous feature updates, this time Microsoft prolonged the beta testing phase to avoid major issues. However, the November Update caused several problems and ended up breaking people’s machines.
A number of Windows 10 users reported on Reddit and Microsoft’s Community forum regarding File Explorer search issues. According to the reports, typing in the search bar causes huge slowdowns in Windows 10. Moreover, others claimed that the search box completely freezes on their machines and the cursor completely disappears in some cases.
In addition, the file explorer crashes when you try to right-click a file to see its location. Discussing the issue, one Windows 10 user writes on Microsoft Comunity forum:
“I was having the same problem when I was using the update (KB4517245), when I clicked in the search box, I had to wait for a abnormally large amount of time before the search box unfreeze and the cursor appeared, the right click never worked for me, not even a single time when I was using the 1909 build 18363.476.”
Windows 10 File Explorer Bug Fix Is Coming Soon
It is worth noting that people are still reporting issues with File Explorer search bar even after a month of the release of November 2019 Update. It seems to be a critical bug that affected a large number of Windows 10 users.
If you are one of those, we are glad to report that Microsoft is finally working on a fix. Microsoft has already shipped a fix for the File Explorer search issue in Windows 10 20H1 preview builds. Back in October, Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager, Brandon LeBlanc announced with the release of Windows 10 20H1 Build 19013:
“We fixed an issue where you could get into a state where it wasn’t possible to set focus to File Explorer’s search box in order to type your query.”
Considering the fact that this build was released on October 29 — it clearly means that Microsoft was aware of the problem before the release of November 2019 Update. People are of the opinion that it’s simply a failure of Microsoft’s QA team.
Besides the aforementioned change, Windows 10 20H1 will let you right-click within the Search bar. Microsoft announced this change in Windows 10 20H1 Build 19536.
“We’ve updated the new File Explorer search experience to enable you to remove previous searches via an option if you right click the entry in the dropdown.”
However, there is no information on when Microsoft plans to release the fix for everyone. Probably, you can simply uninstall the November 2019 Update until a fix is available.