Microsoft sends out an email alert to millions of users due to a Windows 10 bug that has caused Outlook to malfunction.
Microsoft is working on a fix for OUTLOOK email users, but a useful feature is currently unavailable.
Users of Windows 10 who recently updated their PCs are now experiencing a vexing problem with their Outlook inbox.
It appears that a bug in the latest KB5008212 security patch is preventing users from searching for recent emails received from friends, family, or coworkers.
This is a popular feature because it allows you to quickly find important emails buried in a sea of spam and marketing messages.
Microsoft has just confirmed that it is aware of the problem and has promised to look into it, with an update expected in the coming weeks.
“After you install update KB5008212, recent emails may not appear in search results,” the Redmond firm said in a blog post.
“This matter is being looked into.”
When more information becomes available, we will update this story.”
If you really want this feature back, you can disable Windows Desktop Search as a workaround.
Microsft, on the other hand, warns that its instructions must be followed to the letter in order to avoid serious issues.
• Right-click Start in Windows, then select Run.
The registry editor will open after you type regedit in the Open: box and click OK.
• Locate and click this subkey in the registry:
• Go to Edit andgt; New andgt; Key and give the new Windows Search key a name.
• Go to the Start menu and type in “Windows Search.”
• Select Edit andgt; New andgt; DWORD Value from the drop-down menu.
• For the DWORD’s name, type PreventIndexingOutlook and hit Enter.
• Click Modify after right-clicking PreventIndexingOutlook.
• Click OK after typing 1 in the Value data box to enable the registry entry.
• Close Registry Editor and then open Outlook again.
If all of that seems far too complicated for you, or you’re concerned about Microsoft’s warning that getting it wrong could cause a slew of problems, it’s hoped that the Redmond company will release an official patch soon that will restore the search option.
When we learn more, we’ll update this post.