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    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    28 Mar 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10


    Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

    The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search (Classic) to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, the Windows Search Platform (Indexer) has been updated with improved logic to help find better times to perform indexing of your files and avoiding heavily indexing while you are using your machine. An improvement was also made to significantly limit the amount of times the service indexes your files for content that doesn’t have an impact on search experiences, and gives you a better experience on Windows.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer.

    Turning on Enhanced mode for search indexer may reduce your battery life and increase CPU consumption.




    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Registry Editor






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Settings


    1 Open Settings (Win+I), and click/tap on the Cortana icon.

    You will need to click/tap on the Search icon instead starting with Windows 10 version 1903.


    2 Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on) below for what you would like to do.


    3 Turn Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

    A) Click/tap on Searching Windows on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select (dot) Classic under Find My Files on the right side, and go to step 5.

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10-enhanced_mode_for_search_indexer-1.jpg


    4 Turn On Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Searching Windows on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select (dot) Enhanced under Find My Files on the right side.

    C) A one-time indexing process (aka: rebuild) will now begin. When the indexing is complete, you’ll be able to find all your files almost instantly when you use Windows Search.

    It will take about 15 minutes for search to begin returning these additional files in results. If you have lots of files, it may take longer. Make sure you plug in before you start, indexing is a resource-intensive activity.


    D) Go to step 5.

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10-enhanced_mode_for_search_indexer-2.jpg


    5 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.







    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Registry Editor


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gather\Windows\SystemIndex

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10-systemindex_enablefindmyfiles.jpg

    4 Change the owner of the SystemIndex registry key in the left pane to be the Administrators group. (see screenshot below step 3)

    5 Set permissions of the SystemIndex registry key in the left pane to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control". (see screenshot below step 3)

    After you have done steps 4 and 5 once, you will not have to do them again to be able to do step 6 at any time afterwards.


    6 Do step 7 (off) or step 8 (on) below for what you would like to do.

    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below. This is the same location in step 3.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gather\Windows\SystemIndex

    EnableFindMyFiles DWORD

    0 = Classic
    1 = Enhanced


    7 To Turn Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 9 below.

    Set_Find_My_Files_to_Classic_for_search_indexer.reg

    Download


    8 To Turn On Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Set_Find_My_Files_to_Enhanced_for_search_indexer.reg

    Download


    9 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    10 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    11 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    12 Either stop and start the Windows Search service OR Restart the computer to apply.

    13 If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    @Shawn

    Any reg settings for this you found?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    I'm afraid not.
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  3. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Okay

    - - - Updated - - -
    @Brink
    I asked this same in MDL & someone over there told me this,

    "There seem to be another key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Search\AllowWindowsIndexer\Behavior " which is by default set to Classic Search while the AllowFindMyFiles\Behavior key were set to Enhanced Search by default."

    though to share with you, can you take a good look at this & confirm whether making a pre-defined reg file is possible via this or not?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    @SM03,

    I found the registry entry for this setting, and added Option Two in the tutorial for it to help.
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  5. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Brink said:
    @SM03,

    I found the registry entry for this setting, and added Option Two in the tutorial for it to help.
    oh that's cool @Brink let me try this & I will revert here
    BTW, is this from the same settings that you found that I mentioned here today?
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    It turned out to be a different key location. It's a bit harder to change the value since you have to change the owner and permissions of the key first.
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  7. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Brink said:
    It turned out to be a different key location. It's a bit harder to change the value since you have to change the owner and permissions of the key first.
    hmm, yes, I can see & experienced the same, bt you didn't updated the screenshots properly in the OP,

    If I add this reg file in NTLite directly in Win ISO file then would it be on by default?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #8

    I don't know if it will work with NTLite or not considering the permissions.

    Yeah, I'm going to wait to update the screenshots in Option One until after 1903 is released. I have a note in the steps for the difference to help for now though.
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  9. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    Brink said:
    I don't know if it will work with NTLite or not considering the permissions.

    Yeah, I'm going to wait to update the screenshots in Option One until after 1903 is released. I have a note in the steps for the difference to help for now though.
    @Brink

    There seems to be a problem, I tweaked the permission part & then the reg file working (earlier giving error as didn't checked the permission part) but even though in reg editor the values changed to 1, that doesn't reflect in Windows settings section visually.
    Is that a glitch or what?
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