Here is how you can fix Outlook search failures caused by the latest Windows update.

Microsoft is still not done tweaking the updates they release for their operating system. The last example is represented by hotfix KB5008212 which was released for Windows and caused crashes with Outlook searches. A problem that we now know how to correct.

Those who installed last month’s cumulative update, the one associated with hotfix KB5008212, might experience a crash in Outlook searches. This affected both Windows 10 and Windows 11 and in the absence of a new fix there is a workaround.

In the absence of patch, temporary solution

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Microsoft is investigating the issue, and while releasing a hotfix to correct it, it has offered a workaround. A process that involves modifying the Windows registry.

In Windows, we click on “Start” then we select “Run” by typing “regedit” to open the registry editor. You must find the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Once the key is located, click “Edit”, “New” and “Key” to assign a name to the new Windows search key. Select the new Windows search key. Click “Edit,” “New” and “DWORD Value” with the text “PreventIndexingOutlook” and press “Enter.” Right click on “PreventIndexingOutlook” then on “Edit”. In the Value data box, type the value 1 to activate the registry entry, and then click OK “. Exit Registry Editor,” and then restart Outlook. To reactivate the search on the Windows desktop, you must deactivate the “PreventIndexingOutlook” setting by typing 0 and clicking “OK”.

Via | Microsoft

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