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    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows
    Published by Category: Apps & Features
    28 Mar 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows


    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.

    When you first run indexing, it can take up to a couple hours to complete. After that, indexing will run in the background on your PC as you use it, only re-indexing updated data.

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

    The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy.

    By default, the search indexer backoff feature will reduce indexing speed while rebuilding the index when there is user activity, and will automatically continue at full speed when no user activity is detected.

    If you prefer to search without using the index, then you could completely disable search indexing. If you disable search indexing, searches will take longer to finish, but search results will always be up to date and accurate.

    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.

    For more details, see:

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable search indexing for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable search indexing.


    If you disable search indexing, users will no longer be able to search within libraries.

    Timeline requires the Windows Search service to be enabled, running, and set to Automatic (Delayed Start).



    Contents

    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Services
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Elevated Command Prompt



    EXAMPLE: Search indexing disabled
    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-search_index_disabled.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Services


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type services.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Services.

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


     3. To Enable Search Indexing

    This is the default setting.

    A) Double click/tap on the Windows Search service to open its properties page. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-enable_windows_search_service-1.png

    B) Select Automatic (Delayed Start) in the Startup type drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-enable_windows_search_service-2.png

    C) Click/tap on Start. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-enable_windows_search_service-3.png

    D) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-enable_windows_search_service-4.png


     4. To Disable Search Indexing

    A) Double click/tap on the Windows Search service to open its properties page. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-disable_windows_search_service-1.png

    B) Click/tap on Stop if the service is currently running. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-disable_windows_search_service-2.png

    C) Select Disabled in the Startup type drop menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-disable_windows_search_service-3.png

    5 You can now close Services if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Elevated Command Prompt


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

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


     3. To Enable Search Indexing

    This is the default setting.

    A) Enter the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    sc config "wsearch" start=delayed-auto && sc start "wsearch"

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-enable_windows_search_service-command.png


     4. To Disable Search Indexing

    A) Enter the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    sc stop "wsearch" && sc config "wsearch" start=disabled

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows-disable_windows_search_service-command.png

    5 You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Jerry06's Avatar
    Posts : 82
    Windows 10 64bit
       #1

    Does this also turn off the prompt to turn search indexing on for faster results. I have a SSD and it is recommended to turn Search indexing off.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Jerry, :)

    Yes, it will completely disable the search indexing feature including that prompt.
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  3. Jerry06's Avatar
    Posts : 82
    Windows 10 64bit
       #3

    thanks!
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome.
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  5. ab1kenobee's Avatar
    Posts : 128
    WIN 10
       #5

    Thank you, Brink, for another clear, concise Win 10 tutorial.

    I DISABLED Win 10 Indexing because Everything (Search) is much faster, efficient, and reliable... based on my experience. (Everything is a happy freeware!)

    Appreciate!

    ~ Alan
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 17
    windows 10
       #6

    ab1kenobee said:
    Thank you, Brink, for another clear, concise Win 10 tutorial.

    I DISABLED Win 10 Indexing because Everything (Search) is much faster, efficient, and reliable... based on my experience. (Everything is a happy freeware!)

    Appreciate!

    ~ Alan
    ty for the tip but that freeware u talking,, it shoud use any index to make faster search supose?
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  7. ab1kenobee's Avatar
    Posts : 128
    WIN 10
       #7

    makiraper said:
    ty for the tip but that freeware u talking,, it shoud use any index to make faster search supose?
    Hello makiraper:

    I do not understand what you are really asking... however I provided a link... check out the reviews... and see what you think.

    Personally, I have used many Win indexers over the years... and I have found Everything (Search) to be much superior.

    Hope this proves helpful.

    ~ Alan
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 17
    windows 10
       #8

    ab1kenobee said:
    Hello makiraper:

    I do not understand what you are really asking... however I provided a link... check out the reviews... and see what you think.

    Personally, I have used many Win indexers over the years... and I have found Everything (Search) to be much superior.

    Hope this proves helpful.

    ~ Alan
    yes i check rigth now it work muuch better than windows 10 default search ty for show me this program
      My Computer

  9. ab1kenobee's Avatar
    Posts : 128
    WIN 10
       #9

    makiraper said:
    yes i check rigth now it work muuch better than windows 10 default search ty for show me this program

    You're welcome.

    Hope it works out good for you too!

    ~ Alan
      My Computer


 
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