Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10  

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10

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    05 Oct 2020
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    How to Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Indexer Issues in Windows 10

    Indexing the contents of your PC helps you get faster results when you're searching it for files and other things. Indexing is the process of looking at files, email messages, and other content on your PC and cataloging their information, such as the words and metadata in them. When you search your PC after indexing, it looks at an index of terms to find results faster.

    Microsoft has released a beta version of the Indexer Diagnostics app in the Microsoft Store to help enhance your understanding of the capabilities of search, as well as increase the troubleshooting ability and support for general Windows Search issues.

    The tool will continue to be improved with more functionality added over time. The app is available for anyone running Windows 10 version 1809 or higher.

    This tutorial will show you how to use the Indexer Diagnostics app to identify problems and issues with the Windows Search Indexer in Windows 10.



    Here's How:

    1 If you haven't already, download and install the Indexer Diagnostics app from the Microsoft Store.

    2 Open the Indexer Diagnostics app.

    3 You will now be able to click/tap on the options below in the left pane of Indexer Diagnostics to use to help identify problems and issues with the Windows Search Indexer.

    Service status - Displays the current status of file indexing.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-search_status.png


    Search is not working - Allows you to Restart the search service, Reset the search service, and File Bug report with Microsoft.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-search_is_not_working.png


    Is my file indexed? - Allows you to verify if a specific file is included in the search index database.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-is_my_file_indexed.png


    What is being indexed? - Allows you to see what folder locations are included and excluded in the search index database, and to add and remove included and excluded locations.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-what_is_being_indexed.png


    Performance - Allows you to see the number of successful and failed search index queries, collect resource traces for search indexer, collect functional traces and application logs for search indexer, and to file a bug report with the trace files and logs attached.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-performance.png


    Search roots - Displays locations where the search indexer will be begin its search.

    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-indexer_diagnostics-search_roots.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 25,800
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       #1

    Hi Shawn the UI has some changes.
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    I missed this tutorial when it came out, and found it after seeing something about the indexer app at Bleeping, and wanted to post about the app, and search the forums first.

    Oh well at least it'll bring the post back up so others might learn of the tool

    Stats is interesting:
    Use Indexer Diagnostics App for Windows Search Issues in Windows 10-image.png

    You get a csv file for an export, so the user needs Excel or equivalent to open and read(can also export to Excel online)
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 25,800
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    Before running the the rebuild option using this tool, I recommend using option three in Shawns tutorial Rebuild Search Index in Windows 10 Rebuild Search Index in Windows 10

    To reset Search to out of box defaults.
    Then select what you want, and unselect the "useless" stuff that isn't needed like what I have here(substitue "cliff" for your user name):

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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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       #3

    Hi Shawn, alas this presently seems unavailable.
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #4
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #5

    Thanks but been there- did you notice the message top right?
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #6

    I already have since the beginning so my page header offers something else
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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       #7

    Perhaps also a regional difference..
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #8

    Still shows available for me. Must be regional.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #9

    Still not available to me in the UK, now on 20H2.
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